IPv6 Management

We were having an interesting debate on IPV6 management on layer2 devices. Does anyone have a best practice document they have seen for utilizing v6 Management addresses? I know Cisco has some extensive documentation on using v6 on their wireless products.

I know everyone has thoughts so am interested in any best practices which have been presented to the community. I haven’t worried about management access on layer2 devices, as long as the layer2 devices can pass any cast, multicast, and other things v6 needs. However, I could see why you would want v6 management addresses.

And go….

I don’t see much difference between v6 management addresses and v4 management addresses when it comes to best practices.

I will say that if it were my network, I’d move everything internal-only that I could to IPv6 as quickly as possible, freeing up those v4 addresses
for other purposes (or if GUA, possibly monetization while they’re still valuable).

Once you’ve got the ability to use IPv6 management addresses, what’s the point of maintaining legacy IPv4 management infrastructure? It’s just an albatross of dead weight hanging around the neck of your network.


I am with Owen here. If the IPv6 management is working and reliable, maintaining the IPv4 management infrastructure should not be needed.

Certainly, the ability to get to “working and reliable” is going to depend on a host of factors, but a good architecture and using best practices during the deployment of the IPv6 network will make it easier.

Agreed, lots of (relatively) old switches support IPv6 management addresses without issue. My suggestion is to dedicate a nibble in your IPv6 numbering plan for loopbacks/mgmt addresses, firewall access to this nibble as necessary, and go to town.