Auto-configuration of IPv6 Addresses on the Management Interface Support

IPv6 Stateless Address Auto-Configuration (SLAAC)


Like IPv4 addresses, you can configure hosts in a number of different ways for IPv6 addresses. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) assigns IPv4 addresses dynamically and static addresses assign fixed IP addresses. DHCP provides a method of dynamically assigning addresses, and provides a way to assign the host devices other service information like DNS servers, domain names, and a number of different custom information.

SLAAC allows you to address a host based on a network prefix advertised from a local network router using Router Advertisements (RA). RA messages are sent by default by IPv6 router.

These messages are sent out periodically by the router and include following details:

  • One or more IPv6 prefixes (Link-local scope)
  • Prefix lifetime information
  • Flag information
  • Default device information (Default router to use and its lifetime)

Netvisor ONE enables SLAAC by default on the switch.

When you configure IPv6 address on the management interface during setup, the parameter, assignment, has two options:

  • none — Disables IPv6 addresses.
  • autoconf — Configure the interface with SLAAC.