DHCPv6 is the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6. DHCPv6 enables DHCP servers to allocate IPv6 addresses and other configuration parameters to IPv6 nodes.
This protocol is a stateful counterpart to "IPv6 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration" (RFC 2462). Clients can use them separately or concurrently in obtaining addresses from a router and configuration options from a DHCP server.
BlueCat DHCPv6 service on DNS/DHCP Servers supports both stateful and stateless IPv6 auto-configuration. In stateless auto-configuration, you can configure hosts that already have an address with lists of DNS server. The server responds to Information Request messages containing an Option Request option. It sends back a Reply message with the appropriate information. In stateful auto-configuration, DHCPv6 servers are used to allocate IPv6 addresses and other configuration parameters to IPv6 nodes.
The requirements for DHCPv6 environment are different from those in DHCPv4. This section describes how to set up DHCPv6 using Address Manager and DNS/DHCP Server.