4. Router Advertisements
- The Network is in Control of addressing via Router Advertisements (RAs)
— Controls SLAAC (a-bit), and/or DHCPv6 (m-bit), or Other bit (o-bit)
— Auto Configuration Options
- RAs are periodically sent out by the router to all nodes (FF02::1)
- RAs are an ICMPv6 message type
- Sends Domain Name Server (DNS) information in the Recursive DNS Server (RDNSS) field
- Sends MTU size
- Sends the default gateway address (usually the link-local address of the router)
5. DNS is your friend
- Unless you have a very young brain, remembering hexadecimal addresses is going to be a challenge.
- Quad A records (AAAA) are IPv6 address records
— AAAA records can be returned to the requester over IPv4 or IPv6
ping6by name rather than IPv6 address
Attempt/Answer the following:
* What Prefixes are being advertised by the router?
* Are the M, O, or A bits set?
* What is the IPv6 default gateway of your “PC”?
* Can you ping6 the router? Can you ping the router’s link-local address?
* How many IPv6 addresses does google.com have?
* Use wireshark (or tcpdump) to see the DNS query/reply, what network protocol was used?
Look at Tools of the Trade
See the full IPv6 tutorial (all parts) on www.makikiweb.com