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introduction to IPv6 – part 1

To start using IPv6 in our labs, I decided to prepare a short introduction of it. As it is a broad topic I had to split it into several parts. Let’s start from the beginning.

Short IPv6 history

First IPv6 protocol specification was introduced in late 1995 in RFC1883, so it was 18 years ago! About one year later 6bone network was started as a virtual network over the IPv4-based Internet (using IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling). The mission of the 6bone was to establish the IPv6 environment for testing purposes.  In 1999 IPv6 Forum was founded and registries started assigning IPv6 prefixes to ISPs. In 2000, many vendors began to bundle IPv6 into their mainstream product lines. 2009 – first serious IPv4 address shortage in developed countries.

What about IPv5?

IPv5 was an experimental Resource Reservation Protocol, intended to provide QoS for multimedia and defined as the Internet Stream Protocol version 2 (ST2). It was designed to coexist with IPv4 and use the same addressing scheme, not as a replacement of IPv4. ST2 was designed to coexist with IPv4 on each node. The main role of the ST2 was to transfer a real-time multimedia, where IPv4 could be used for the transfer of traditional data and control information. ST2 is described in RFC1819.

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Huawei AR1200 NAT configuration

A short NAT (Network Address Translation) description based on AR1200 documentation:

Huawei AR1200 supports the following NAT features: static NAT, port address translation (PAT), internal server, NAT Application Level Gateway (ALG), NAT filtering, NAT mapping, Easy IP, twice NAT, and NAT multi-instance.

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DHCP Relay Agent configuration in Huawei CLI

When PCs are in a different subnet than a DHCP server installed, DHCP Relay Agent can be used to forward DHCP requests from PCs to DHCP server. How to configure DHCP Relay Agent using Huawei CLI?

Let’s assume that we have the following topology:

We want our PC to acquire its IP address from the DHCP server configured on the labnarioR1 router. To do so, labnarioR2 should be configured as a DHCP Relay Agent to forward DHCP Requests and Offers between server and clients.

First, DHCP server should be configured. LabnarioR1 router will be configured to offer DHCP service for PC.

<labnarioR1>system-view 
Enter system view, return user view with Ctrl+Z.
[labnarioR1] dhcp enable
[labnarioR1] ip pool 1
[labnarioR1-ip-pool-1] gateway-list 172.16.1.1
[labnarioR1-ip-pool-1] network 172.16.1.0 mask 255.255.255.0
[labnarioR1-ip-pool-1] dns-list 150.100.15.1 150.100.15.2
[labnarioR1-ip-pool-1] domain-name labnario.com
[labnarioR1-ip-pool-1] quit
[labnarioR1]interface Ethernet0/0/0
[labnarioR1-Ethernet0/0/0]dhcp select global

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OSPF network types

In the era of ethernet transport technology we cannot forget about older, but still widely used ATM and FR technologies. Taking OSPF into consideration, it classifies networks based on link layers protocols. That’s why we have such terms like:

  • broadcast
  • non-broadcast multiple access NBMA
  • point-to-mulitpoint P2MP
  • point-to-point P2P.

Broadcast

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Huawei AR19/29/49 router DHCP configuration

Let’s assume that we have a topology like in the picture:

  1. IP addresses of ETH 0/1 and ETH 0/2 on Router A are 172.16.1.128/25 and 172.16.1.1/25 respectively.
  2. Router B (dhcp client) obtains static IP address, gateway address and DNS server address from DHCP server (router A). A MAC address of interface ETH 0/0 of router B is 0800-6902-01FC.
  3. DHCP server assigns IP addresses to clients in subnet 172.16.1.0/24 subnetted to 172.16.1.1/25 and 172.16.1.128/25.
  4. DNS server address and WINS server address are 172.16.1.10/25 and 172.16.1.200/25 respectively.
  5. For subnet 172.16.1.128/25 configure DNS server address, WINS server address, gateway address and address lease duration for 6 days and 6 hours.
  6. For subnet 172.16.1.1/25 configure DNS server address, gateway address and address lease duration for 10 days.

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