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Vyatta - IPv6

Vyatta - IPv6

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Published by: Lee Wiscovitch on Jul 06, 2009
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Chapter 1: IPv6
This chapter describes configuration and commands required for IPv6-related
NOTEVyatta support for IPv6 has \u201cexperimental\u201d status. Currently, only IPv6

forwarding and some routing protocols are implemented (for example, OSPFv3 is is not yet supported). In addition, IPv6 does not work with firewalling and other advanced features. Because of these limitations, we recommend deploying IPv6 functionality only in noncritical portions of your network topology, where the

advanced security feature set is not required.
Please note also that that IPv6 forwarding is enabled by default. If you want to
disable IPv6 forwarding, use the following command in configuration mode:set
system ipv6 disable-forwarding.
This chapter presents the following topics:
\u2022 IPv6 Configuration
\u2022 IPv6 Commands
Chapter 1: IPv6
IPv6 Configuration
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IPv6 Configuration
This section presents the following topics:
\u2022 IPv6 Overview
\u2022 IPv6 Configuration Examples
IPv6 Overview
This section presents the following topics:

\u2022 IPv6 Background
\u2022 IPv6 Addressing
\u2022 Special Addresses
\u2022 IPv6 Autoconfiguration

IPv6 Background

There are two versions of the Internet Protocol in use today. Version 4 (IPv4) is the version most commonly in use. IPv6 is version 6 of the Internet Protocol. The version currently in use by most devices is version 4 (IPv4). However, there are issues with IPv4, and the

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has designated IPv6 to succeed IPv4 as the

next-generation protocol for use on the Internet.
IPv6 has a number of advantages over IPv4. The following are four important ones:
\u2022 Large address space.

An IPv4 address consists of four bytes (32 bits). IPv6 addresses consist of 16 bytes
(128 bits). The increase from 32 to 128 bits results in a huge number of available
addresses: 79 billion billion billion times the addresses available in the IPv4\u2014this is
about 1038 addresses, or 1030 addresses for each person on the planet.

The expanded address space means that IPv6 does not face the address exhaustion
problems predicted imminently for IPv4. Furthermore, the availability for so many

addresses means that private address spaces are not required, and address shortgage work-arounds such as Network Address Translation (NAT) can be eliminated. With no private addresses, there need be no hidden networks or hosts, and all devices can be globally reachable. A larger address space also means that features such as

multihoming and aggregation are easier to implement.
Chapter 1: IPv6
IPv6 Configuration
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\u2022 Support for mobile devices

A special protocol, Mobile IP, is required to support mobility. Mobile IP is not
automatic in IPv4, and there are several challenges involved in implementing Mobile
IP on an IPv4 network. In contrast, Mobile IP was designed into IPv6 from its
inception, and is a mandatory feature in a standards-compliant IPv6 protocol stack.

\u2022 Flexibility
IPv6 Multiple levels of hierarchy in the address space. This allows for hierarchical
allocation of addressing and more efficient route aggregation. It also permits new kinds
of addresses not possible in IPv4, such as link- and site-scoped addressing
\u2022 Security

Because devices can be globally reachable, end-to-end security can be employed,
which is not possible on an internetwork with hidden networks and hosts. In addition,
IP security (IPSec), which is an \u201cadd-on\u201d feature in IPv4 networks, is mandatory in
IPv6 networks, designed into the IPv6 protocol stack.

IPv6 Addressing
IP addresses generally take the following form:
wherex is a 16-bit hexadecimal number; for example:
Addresses are case-insensitive; for example, the following is equivalent to example given
Leading zeros are optional; for example, the following is a valid IPv6 address:
IPv6 addresses often contain many bytes with a value of zero. Successive fields of zeros
can be represented by replacing them with a double colon, as in the following:
Similarly the following:
is equivalent to the following:
and this:

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