HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS
Guide to IPv6
This manual describes the HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS IPv6 features
and how to install and configure IPv6 on your system. In addition, this
manual describes changes in the socket application programming
interface (API) and how to port your applications to run in an IPv6
This manual supersedes the Compaq TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Guide to IPv6, Version 5.1.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Version 5.4
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The HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS product is the HP implementation of
the TCP/IP networking protocol suite and internet services for OpenVMS
TCP/IP Services provides a comprehensive suite of functions and
applications that support industry-standard protocols for heterogeneous
network communications and resource sharing.
This manual describes IPv6 features included in this version of
TCP/IP Services. The manual covers installing and configuring your system
for IPv6, changes to the socket API, and how to port your applications
to run in an IPv6 environment.
See the HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Installation and Configuration manual for information about installing,
configuring, and starting this product.
This manual is for experienced OpenVMS and UNIX system managers and
assumes a working knowledge of OpenVMS system management, TCP/IP
networking, and TCP/IP terminology.
This manual contains the following chapters and appendixes:
Describes IPv6 terminology, the types and function of the different
IPv6 addresses, and typical IPv6 configurations.
Describes how to configure the IPv6 software.
Provides guidelines for running BIND in an IPv6 environment.
Describes how to manage and monitor an IPv6 network.
Describes how to configure and use mobile IPv6.
Describes how to solve IPv6 problems.
Describes the IPv6 additions to the socket API.
Describes how to port applications.
Describes the supported IPv6 RFCs.
Describes deprecated functions that have been replaced by new ones.
Table 1 lists the documents available with this version of
Table 1 TCP/IP Services Documentation
Compaq TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Concepts and Planning
This manual provides conceptual information about TCP/IP networking on
OpenVMS systems, including general planning issues to consider before
configuring your system to use the TCP/IP Services software.
This manual also describes the manuals in the TCP/IP Services
documentation set and provides a glossary of terms and acronyms for the
TCP/IP Services software product.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Release Notes
The release notes provide version-specific information that supersedes
the information in the documentation set. The features, restrictions,
and corrections in this version of the software are described in the
release notes. Always read the release notes before installing the
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Installation and Configuration
This manual explains how to install and configure the TCP/IP Services
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS User's Guide
This manual describes how to use the applications available with
TCP/IP Services such as remote file operations, email, TELNET, TN3270, and
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Management
This manual describes how to configure and manage the TCP/IP Services
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Management Command Reference
This manual describes the TCP/IP Services management commands.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Management Command Quick Reference Card
This reference card lists the TCP/IP management commands by component
and describes the purpose of each command.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS UNIX Command Equivalents Reference Card
This reference card contains information about commonly performed
network management tasks and their corresponding TCP/IP management and
Tru64 UNIX command formats.
Compaq TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS ONC RPC Programming
This manual presents an overview of high-level programming using open
network computing remote procedure calls (ONC RPCs). This manual also
describes the RPC programming interface and how to use the RPCGEN
protocol compiler to create applications.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Guide to SSH
This manual describes how to configure, set up, use, and manage the SSH
for OpenVMS software.
Compaq TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Sockets API and System Services Programming
This manual describes how to use the Sockets API and OpenVMS system
services to develop network applications.
Compaq TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS SNMP Programming and Reference
This manual describes the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and
the SNMP application programming interface (eSNMP). It describes the
subagents provided with TCP/IP Services, utilities provided for managing
subagents, and how to build your own subagents.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Tuning and Troubleshooting
This manual provides information about how to isolate the causes of
network problems and how to tune the TCP/IP Services software for the best
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Guide to IPv6
This manual describes the IPv6 environment, the roles of systems in
this environment, the types and function of the different IPv6
addresses, and how to configure TCP/IP Services to access the IPv6 network.
For additional information about HP OpenVMS products
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For a comprehensive overview of the TCP/IP protocol suite, refer to the
book Internetworking with TCP/IP: Principles, Protocols, and
Architecture, by Douglas Comer.
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The name TCP/IP Services means both:
- HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Alpha
- HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS VAX
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What Is IPv6?
In the early 1990s, members of the Internet community realized that the
address space and certain aspects of the current TCP/IP architecture
were not capable of sustaining the explosive growth of the Internet.
The problems included the exhaustion of the Internet address space, the
size of routing tables, and requirements for new technology features.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) made several efforts to
study and improve the use of the 32-bit Internet Protocol (IPv4)
addresses. They also tackled the longer-term goal of identifying and
replacing protocols and services that would limit growth.
These efforts identified the 32-bit addressing architecture of IPv4 as
the principal problem affecting router overhead and network
administration. In addition, IPv4 addresses were often unevenly
allocated in blocks that were too large or too small; therefore, these
addresses were difficult to change within any existing network.
In July 1994, the Internet Protocol Next Generation (IPng) directorate
announced Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) as the replacement network
layer protocol, and IETF working groups began to build specifications.
(See RFC 1752, The Recommendation for the IP Next Generation
Protocol, for additional information about the IPv6 protocol
IPv6 is both a completely new network layer protocol and a major
revision of the Internet architecture. As such, it builds upon and
incorporates experience gained with IPv4. This chapter describes the
- IPv6 addressing
- Using tunnels
- IPv6 environment
The following terms are used in this chapter:
Any system that uses the IPv6 protocol to communicate.
A node that forwards IPv6 packets
addressed to other nodes. These systems typically have more than one
network interface installed and configured.
Any system that is not a router.
A medium or facility over which nodes communicate with each other
at the Link layer. Examples include Ethernet, FDDI links, or internet
A node's attachment to a link, which is usually assigned an IPv6
address or addresses. This can be a physical NIC (for example, WE0) or
virtual network interface (for example, IT0).
A link over which a packet of one protocol is encapsulated inside
the packet of another protocol. In this manner, one protocol's packets
an be carried over another protocol's infrastructure. The process for
doing this is called tunneling. See Section 1.4 for more information
on the types of tunnels that are available for you to use.
1.2 Introduction to IPv6 Addresses
The most noticeable feature of IPv6 is the address itself. The address
size is increased from 32 bits to 128 bits. The following sections
describe the components of the IPV6 address.
1.2.1 Address Text Representation
Use the following syntax to represent IPv6 addresses as text strings:
The x is a hexadecimal value of a 16-bit piece of the address.
For example, the following addresses are IPv6 addresses:
IPv6 addresses can contain long strings of zero (0) bits. To make it
easier to write these addresses, you can use a double colon (::) once
in an address to represent one or more 16-bit groups of zeros. For
example, you can compress the second IPv6 address example in the
Alternately, you can use the following syntax to represent IPv6
addresses in an environment of both IPv4 and IPv6 nodes:
In this case, x is a hexadecimal value of a 16-bit piece of
the address (six high-order pieces) and d is a decimal value
of an 8-bit piece of address (four low-order pieces) in standard,
dotted-quad IPv4 form. For example, the following are IPv6 addresses:
When compressed, these addresses are as follows:
Like IPv4 address prefixes, IPv6 address prefixes are represented using
the Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) notation. This notation has
the following format:
For example, you can represent the 60-bit hexadecimal prefix
12AB00000000CD3 in any of the following ways:
1.2.2 Types of Addresses
There are three types of IPv6 addresses:
Unlike IPv4, IPv6 does not define a broadcast address. To get the
function of a broadcast address, use a multicast address. (See
The following sections describe the unicast, anycast, and multicast
126.96.36.199 Unicast Addresses
A unicast address is an identifier for an interface. Packets sent to a
unicast address are delivered to the node containing the interface that
is identified by the address.
Figure 1-1 shows the format of unicast addresses.
Figure 1-1 Unicast Addresses
This address typically consists of a 64-bit prefix followed by a 64-bit
interface ID, as shown in Figure 1-2.
Figure 1-2 64-Bit Prefix Plus 64-Bit Interface ID
An interface ID identifies an interface on a link. The interface ID is
required to be unique on a link, but it may also be unique over a
broader scope. In many cases, the interface ID is derived from its Link
layer address. The same interface ID can be used on multiple interfaces
on a single node.
According to RFC2373, most prefixes must have 64-bit interface
identifiers. For a 48-bit MAC addresses, the interface identifier is
created by inserting the hexadecimal values of 0xFF and 0xFE in the
middle of the address and inverting the universal/local bit (bit 7) in
the resulting 64-bit address. Figure 1-3 shows how this process works.
Figure 1-3 Creating an Interface ID from a MAC Address
The following list describes commonly used unicast addresses and their
Interfaces typically have multiple IPv6 addresses. After IPv6 is
configured and the system boots, the LAN and configured tunnel
interfaces are automatically assigned a link-local address. If a router
is on the link, the system also autoconfigures a global unicast address
on the interfaces.