host-identifier with IPv6

Eustace, Glen G.Eustace at
Sun Mar 1 19:35:08 UTC 2009

Frank has pretty much hit the nail on the head as far as I am concerned

> If you have some alternate means by which I can:
>   - control what v6 IP address a given machine with a currently blank hard drive will get
>   - maintain the same address across different DHCP clients (PXE, WinPE, full Windows)
>   - maintain the same address across reformat and reinstall
> then I would honestly love to hear it, as it would save me a lot of 
> work in my planned v6 rollout.  So far, though, all I've seen are 
> other people on this list who are in the same boat as I am, so the 
> only option I can see is do as David suggested and take my 
> suggestions up to the protocol design level.

The inability to (consistently) uniquely identify a client in both IPv4 and IPv6 is a royal PITA. We have a solution for IPv4, albeit a poor one.  But I need something in IPv6, and soon.  The inability to use the MAC address, which is the only thing I currently have in our database is preventing further deployment of IPv6. And yes, I realise that one can deploy v6 without going stateful etc. But that isn't what I want to do.

So add my vote to fixing things at the 'protocol design level', but also to 'can we have an interim fix ASAP' as well.

Glen Eustace, Infrastructure Development Engineer (BC/DR)
Information Technology Services, Massey University PN460
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