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Managing Serviceguard Fifteenth Edition > Appendix H IPv6 Network Support

Local Primary/Standby LAN Patterns


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The use of IPv6 allows a number of different patterns of failover among LAN cards configured in the cluster. This is true because each LAN card can support several IP addresses when a dual IPv4/IPv6 configuration is used. This section describes several ways in that local failover to a standby LAN can be configured.

By definition, a standby network interface is an interface that has no IP address(es) of either address family (IPv4 or IPv6) and is bridged to the primary network interface on a node.

Here are two guidelines to keep in mind when using IPv4 and IPv6 addresses in local failover situations:

  • Since a network interface card can have both an IPv4 and an IPv6 address as the primary IPs, the standby network interface card could potentially act as a standby for both types of primary interfaces.

    However, if the IPv4 and IPv6 address(es) are configured on two separate network interfaces, then the standby interface can take over the IP address from only one network interface during a local failover.

    That is, IPv4 and IPv6 addresses from two separate network interfaces are mutually exclusive in a failover condition.

  • Serviceguard will switch over link-local address configured on the primary network interface along with all other IP addresses which are configured as part of the cluster configuration to the standby network interface. This includes all heartbeat and stationary IPs (IPv4 and IPv6) and package IPs (both IPv4 and IPv6) added by Serviceguard.

The examples that follow illustrate this.

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