IPv6 RA vs DHCPv6 - The chosen one?

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Thu Dec 22 04:28:21 UTC 2011

On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 1:27 AM, Ravi Duggal <raviduggal2906 at gmail.com> wrote:
> We thus have draft-droms-dhc-dhcpv6-default-router-00 that extends
> DHCPv6 to do what RA does. And now, we have
> draft-bcd-6man-ntp-server-ra-opt-00.txt that extends RA to advertise
> the NTP information that is currently done via DHCPv6.
> My question is, that which then is the more preferred option for the
> operators?


We want both. We'll try both. And in a couple years when the
percentage Internet use of IPv6 is out of the single digits, we'll let
you know what worked in which situations.

We probably don't need one configuration protocol to rule them all.
IPv4 has PAP/CHAP over PPP and DHCP over Ethernet plus a number of
more minor ones like bootp (DHCP's semi-compatible predecessor) and
rarp. We really don't suffer for the choice.

Bill Herrin

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