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Managing Serviceguard Fifteenth Edition > Appendix H IPv6 Network Support

Network Configuration Restrictions


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Serviceguard supports IPv6 for data links only. The heartbeat IP must still be IPv4, but the package IPs can be IPv4 or IPv6.

To configure IPv6, the system should be set up in what is called a dual-stack configuration, which requires the IPv6 product bundle.

The restrictions for supporting IPv6 in Serviceguard are listed below.

  • The heartbeat IP address must be IPv4. Therefore, IPv6-only operation nodes or IPv6-only nodes are not supported in a Serviceguard environment.

  • The hostnames in a Serviceguard configuration must be IPv4. Serviceguard does not recognize IPv6 hostnames.

  • Auto-configured IPv6 addresses are not supported in Serviceguard. as STATIONARY_IP addresses. All IPv6 addresses that are part of a Serviceguard cluster configuration must not be auto-configured through router advertisements, for example. They must be manually configured in /etc/rc.config.d/netconf-ipv6.

  • Link-local IP addresses are not supported, either as package IPs or as STATIONARY_IPs. Depending on the requirements, the package IP could be of type site-local or global.

  • Serviceguard supports only one IPv6 address belonging to each scope type (site-local and global) on each network interface (that is, restricted multi-netting). Therefore, up to a maximum of two IPv6 STATIONARY_IPs can be mentioned in the cluster ascii file for a NETWORK_INTERFACE: one being the site-local IPv6 address, and the other being the global IPv6 address.

    NOTE: This restriction applies to cluster configuration, not package configuration: it does not affect the number of IPv6 relocatable addresses of the same scope type (site-local or global) that a package can use on an interface.

  • Quorum server, if used, has to be configured on an IPv4 network. It is not IPv6-capable. A quorum server configured on an IPv4 network can still be used by Serviceguard IPv6 clusters that have IPv6 networks as a part of their cluster configuration.

  • Serviceguard supports IPv6 only on the Ethernet networks, including 10BT, 100BT, and Gigabit Ethernet

NOTE: Even though link-local IP addresses are not supported in the Serviceguard cluster configuration, the primary link-local address on the Serviceguard primary interface will be switched over the standby during a local switch. This is because of two requirements: First, the dual stack (IPv4/IPv6) kernel requires that the primary IP address associated with an interface must always be a link-local address. Second, Serviceguard requires that the site-local and global IPs be switched to the standby network interface.
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