In Windows Server 2008 (WS08), Microsoft has introduced DHCPv6 functionality to the DHCP server.
In Windows Server 2008 (previously known as "Longhorn" Server) Beta 2, we released the DHCPv6 Stateless Server functionality. In Beta 3, we are introducing the DHCPv6 Stateful Server functionality. As I explained in my previous post DHCPv6 behaviour in Windows Vista, in the DHCPv6 stateless mode clients use DHCPv6 only to obtain network configuration parameters other than the IPv6 address. In this scenario, clients configure an IPv6 address through a non-DHCPv6 based mechanism (possibly through IPv6 address auto-configuration based on the IPv6 prefixes included in Router Advertisements, or through static configuration.) In the DHCPv6 stateful mode, clients acquire both the IPv6 address as well as other network configuration parameters through DHCPv6.
In WS08 Beta 3, our Beta and TAP customers will have access to the following DHCPv6 features:
If you are interested in evaluating the Windows DHCPv6 server for your IPv6 deployment, we would love to have you participate in the Longhorn Server Beta program. If you are a Windows Server 2008 TAP customer, you will of course soon have access to the next IDS build in February which will contain the DHCPv6 Stateful server. Send me an email if you would like to participate in our beta program.
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