Building a Linux IPv6 DNS Server

A tutorial on building a DNS server node that provides IPv6 name resolution, with examples of some useful IPv6 applications.
Sample Server Applications Using IPv6

In our IPv6 network, we presented two application servers: Apache as a Web server and VideoLan for video streaming. To test IPv6 name resolution when streaming a video, a user on client node pc5 accesses the video-streaming server on pc3. The video server is on pc3 (fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe14:5768), and the video client is on pc5 (fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe50:7c). Sniffing the network communications on pc5 with tcpdump, we captured packets from the video stream. Here is a portion of the trace:

% tcpdump ip6    # only trace IPv6 traffic, must be run as root or setuid root
02:09:26.716040 fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe14:5768.32769 > fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe50:7c.1234: udp 1316
02:09:26.735805 fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe14:5768.32769 > fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe50:7c.1234: udp 1316
02:09:26.735971 fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe14:5768.32769 > fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe50:7c.1234: udp 1316
02:09:26.736082 fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe14:5768.32769 > fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe50:7c.1234: udp 1316
02:09:26.755810 fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe14:5768.32769 > fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe50:7c.1234: udp 1316
02:09:26.755935 fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe14:5768.32769 > fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe50:7c.1234: udp 1316
02:09:26.775787 fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe14:5768.32769 > fec0::1:250:b7ff:fe50:7c.1234: udp 1316

The video is displayed properly using X11 output on a Linux X server; Figure 2 shows a capture from the stream.

Figure 2. The Output Stream of IPv6 Video


IPv6 is becoming a reality. For the next few years, we will need to be able to support both IPv4 and IPv6 on our servers before the complete transition to IPv6 occurs. We need different pieces of the puzzle to achieve a full migration to IPv6, and one essential piece is an IPv6-compliant BIND implementation.


Ericsson Research Corporate Unit for approving the publication of this article. Open Systems Lab for supporting our work with Linux and IPv6. Simon Jubinville, Open Systems Lab, for his reviews.

David Gordon ( is a computer science intern at Ericsson Research—Open Systems Lab. He is completing his undergraduate studies in Computer Science at Sherbrooke University. His research interests include security, next-generation IP networks and wireless technologies.

Ibrahim Haddad ( is a researcher at the Ericsson Corporate Unit of Research in Montréal, Canada, involved with the system architecture of third-generation wireless IP networks.



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good overview

Anonymous's picture

I think this has helped me understanding how to set
up my ipv6 (only) network. The sytax's are good examples

Problems with IPv6 DNS files

KenS's picture

This article is interesting. Unfortunately, when I tried to apply the article, I encountered multiple typos in the listing files, which wasted a lot of time. For instance, Listing 1 is missing the closing }; for the options. Listings 3-6 use double-slash comments, which are errors in zone files. The zones "" and "" don't make sense. The lines that start with "IN" are missing significant whitespace. Eventually I gave up on these listings.

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