IPv6 Administration Guide

Stateful Autoconfiguration Model

In the stateful autoconfiguration model, hosts obtain interface addresses or configuration information and parameters from a server. Servers maintain a database that checks which addresses have been assigned to which hosts. The stateful autoconfiguration protocol allows hosts to obtain addresses and other configuration information from a server. Stateless and stateful autoconfiguration complement each other. For example, a host can use stateless autoconfiguration to configure its own addresses, but use stateful autoconfiguration to obtain other information.