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On my LAN there are multiple DHCP servers running, and all of them are on the same range.

Now I use a machine which has a dynamic IP address from a DHCP server. I have to know from which server it comes.

How to do that?!

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To find out the DHCP server that's giving you the IP, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

cat /var/lib/dhcp3/dhclient.leases

Or you can just use grep command to get DHCP server address.

grep dhcp-server-identifier /var/lib/dhcp3/dhclient.leases


grep dhcp-server-identifier /var/lib/dhcp/dhclient.leases
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In Ubuntu 14.04 (on this machine anyway), the /var/lib/dhcp/dhclient.leases is empty. The actual lease file can be found on the command line of dhclient via ps. Look for the -lf option. This command should work in Ubuntu 14.04 installations:

cat $(ps aux | grep -o '[/]var/lib/NetworkManager/\S*.lease') | grep dhcp-server-identifier
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