DNS Behaviour - Dual Stack Clients
Brian E Carpenter
brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Fri Mar 19 02:24:16 CET 2010
On 2010-03-19 12:02, Doug Barton wrote:
> On 03/18/10 15:55, Paul Stewart wrote:
>> Thank you for the reply... so just to clarify further...
>> A remote client or name server queries our nameserver (which is only reachable via IPv4). Our name server replies with A and AAAA records in the lookup. If the remote client is IPv6 capable will it ignore the AAAA information because it was only able to get the query answered via IPv4? I believe this is what you're saying - again, just looking to clarify ;)
> Um, no, what I'm saying is actually the opposite. How the client
> receives the address records has nothing to do with what it does with
> them. If the client is IPv6-capable, and receives AAAAs, it will use
> them. The client does not even know how the resolving nameserver
> retrieved the records, nor could it find out.
To be even more explicit, clients that can only resolve FQDNs by
DNS-over-IPv4, but that speak IPv6 and make use of AAAA records,
are common; I'm using one right now (XP, to give it a name).
My home ISP only provides DNS-over-IPv4 but happily serves up
Default Server: dns1.orcon.net.nz
> set type=AAAA
www.ietf.org AAAA IPv6 address = 2001:1890:1112:1::20
(I get my home v6 connectivity by a tunnel, but exactly the
same thing happens on an XP client with native v6.)
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