IPv6 Administration Guide


IPv6 Administration Guide provides information about configuring and managing the IPv6 framework that is installed in your SolarisTM operating environment. This book assumes that you have already installed the SunOSTM 5.9 operating system. This book also assumes that you have set up any networking software that you plan to use. The SunOS 5.9 operating system is part of the Solaris product family, which also includes the Solaris Common Desktop Environment (CDE). The SunOS 5.9 operating system is compliant with AT&T's System V, Release 4 operating system.

Note –

The Solaris operating environment runs on two types of hardware, or platforms— SPARCTM and IA. The Solaris operating environment runs on both 64–bit and 32–bit address spaces. The information in this document pertains to both platforms and address spaces unless called out in a special chapter, section, note, bullet, figure, table, example, or code example.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for anyone responsible for administering one or more systems that run the Solaris 9 release. To use this book, you should have one to two years of UNIX® system administration experience. Attending UNIX system administration training courses might be helpful.

How This Book Is Organized

Chapter 1, IPv6 (Overview) provides an overview of the new Internet Protocol that is known as IPv6.

Chapter 2, Administering IPv6 (Task) provides procedures for enabling IPv6 and IPv6 routers, configuring IPv6 addresses for DNS, NIS, and NIS+, creating tunnels between routers, running IPv6 additions to commands for diagnostics, and displaying IPv6 name service information.

Chapter 3, IPv6 Files and Commands (Reference) describes the concepts that are associated with the Solaris implementation of IPv6.

Chapter 4, Transitioning From IPv4 to IPv6 (Reference) provides an overview of the approach and the standardized solutions to transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6.

The Glossary provides definitions of key IP Services terms.

Accessing Sun Documentation Online

The docs.sun.comSM Web site enables you to access Sun technical documentation online. You can browse the docs.sun.com archive or search for a specific book title or subject. The URL is http://docs.sun.com.

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




 The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


 What you type, contrasted with on-screen computer output

machine_name% su



 Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value

To delete a file, type rm filename.


Book titles, new words, or terms, or words to be emphasized. 

Read Chapter 6 in User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be root to do this.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



 C shell promptmachine_name%
 C shell superuser promptmachine_name#
 Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt$
 Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt#