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Mac OS X 10.7, still no DHCPv6

On Feb 28, 2011 8:45 AM, "Owen DeLong" <owen at delong.com> wrote:
> On Feb 28, 2011, at 7:34 AM, Joe Abley wrote:
> >
> > On 2011-02-28, at 10:27, Nick Hilliard wrote:
> >
> >> On 28/02/2011 14:59, Joe Abley wrote:
> >>> I'm not sure why people keep
> >>> fixating on that as an end goal. The future we ought to be working
> >>> towards is a consistent, reliable, dual-stack environment. There's no
> >>> point worrying about v6-only operations if we can't get dual-stack
> >>> working reliably.
> >>
> >> That's "dual-stack" as in
> >
> > You're describing where we are. I'm talking about where I think we
should be planning to arrive.
> >
> Your description sounds more like where we should be making a plane
> The eventual destination is IPv6-only. Dual-stack is a temporary stopover
along the way.
> However, you are partially right in that we should be focusing on arriving
at the first
> stop-over until we arrive there. Then we can start navigating from there
to the final
> destination.
> >> Look, my original point is that RA is a brilliant solution for a
problem which never really existed.  Now, can we all just ignore RA and work
towards DHCPv6 because that's what's actually needed in the real world?
> >
> > RA and DHCPv6 work together. It's different from DHCP in IPv4. Run with
it. Sending people back to the drawing board at this late stage in the game
(a) isn't going to happen and (b) isn't going to help anybody.
> >
> And the model breaks badly at layers 8-10 in most enterprises and many
other organizations.
> >> We haven't got there because I can't plug in my laptop into any
arbitrary ipv6-only network and expect to be able to load up ipv6.google.com
> >>
> >> Is that too high a standard to work towards? :-)
> >
> > As I thought I mentioned, yes. Forget v6-only right now. Dual-stack is
an operationally-harder problem, and it's a necessary prerequisite.
> >
> For some situations at this point, that may not actually be true. It will
be soon enough that it won't even be possible.

Owen is right. Ipv6-only is a very near term reality for networks with very
fast growing edges like mobile phones and wireless machine to machine
communications. It is not prudent to install an electricity meter today with
a 30 year expected life span ... and include ipv4.  These systems are being
deployed today as ipv6 only, not in the future.  Also, you can expect many
types of mobile phones to be ipv6-only soon. Ipv4 is not going away, dual
stack fell short of being the universal transition mechanism but is still
useful in many palaces -especially content hosts, and ipv6-only will pop up
soon in as many places as it possibly makes sense.  Remember, from a network
planner / designer / architect perspective, ipv4 is not a resource for
future network growth.

> Owen