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Mac OS X 10.7, still no DHCPv6



The topic should likely be re-written to "DHCPv6 expected in OS X
10.7" with rainbows, stars, and prancing unicorns.

Apparently I was misinformed.

Several people with access to the preview had informed me that DHCPv6
was not in 10.7.

This seems to have upset at least one Apple engineer who dropped the
NDA bomb on me; while he didn't confirm it was there, he did imply it,
and it did make me have people give a second look. (I tried to get him
to admit it but he's obviously been through Apple secret keeping
training).

After having others look more closely it seems that DHCPv6, or the
beginnings of DHCPv6 support are in 10.7, though there are no UI
options to indicate this, and a reboot of the OS seems to be required
before it will make a request (?) Hopefully that is also wrong, or is
being worked on.

Mainly, the user should have an easy way to determine their DUID.

So it looks like the next release of OS X might have a full
implementation of DHCPv6 and RDNSS to boot.  If that's the case then I
applaud Apple at finally delivering on DHCPv6; it's been requested for
at least a few years now.

It will be interesting to see how this looks when we get closer to a release.

Will also be interesting to see some test cases for IPv6 configuration
(e.g. can a Mac get both SLAAC and DHCPv6 addresses, if it follows the
standard it should be able to).

My apologies to Apple and the team that has been working hard on
DHCPv6 implementation; If anything the post has shown you that your
work is not only worthwhile but also necessary and will be widely
appreciated.

Funny how Apple keeps everything a secret then get worked up when
people don't have correct information to go by ;-)

For context, this was incorrect:

On Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 10:10 PM, Ray Soucy <rps at maine.edu> wrote:
> With copies out to developers we now have confirmation that Apple
> still hasn't included DHCPv6 in the next release of OS X.

-- 
Ray Soucy

Epic Communications Specialist

Phone: +1 (207) 561-3526

Networkmaine, a Unit of the University of Maine System
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