Preparing network configurations for IPv6 renumbering

Tue, 10/28/2008 - 15:36 by Damien Leroy • Categories:


The difficulty of renumbering a network — i.e., adding and removing an Internet Protocol (IP) prefix due to a provider change or a network merger — is a real issue for most network administrators. In this paper, we propose a set of macros that can be used in configuration files. These allow network administrators to write generic configurations that are independent of the public IPv6 prefixes allocated to their network. We explain how to apply our macros to key configuration files, namely firewall access lists, Domain Name Service and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, and how to use this mechanism in a full renumbering process.

Damien Leroy and Olivier Bonaventure
International Journal of Network Management, Wiley InterScience, 19(5):415-426, Sept-Oct 2009.
Online ISSN: 1099-1190, Print ISSN: 1055-7148, DOI: 10.1002/nem.717, Copyright 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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