IPv6-only virtual servers

This page supplements our guide to getting started with your virtual server with some notes on how to avoid difficulties when installing and running an IPv6-only system.

You can also find information on IPv6 settings for our network.

Connecting to the server using VNC

Although your virtual server will only have an IPv6 address, the host on which it runs does have an IPv4 address. When you connect to your server using VNC, you are actually connecting to the host, which means you can use IPv4 for VNC if you wish. The status command will show you both the host's IPv6 address and its IPv4 address:

[mythic] admin> status
Status: shut down
VNC IP address: 93.93.128.xx; (2a00:1098:0:xx:1000::xx/64)
VNC display: xxx (port: xxxx); password: 'My5ecr3t'
Boot from: cdrom
Current CDROM: debian-7.1.0-i386-netinst.iso
Network device type: virtio
Host uptime: 10:05:38 up 241 days, 23:47,  load average: 0.48, 1.18, 1.49

Installing Debian

Although our network is configured to hand out your virtual server's address with DHCPv6, the Debian installer does not adequately support DHCPv6 and will give an error "Network autoconfiguration failed". Choose to "Configure network manually" and enter the the IPv6 address you have been allocated. Do not use the VNC host's address given in the status command.

IP address:Given in your welcome email. Do not use the host's address given in the status command.
Netmask:ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff:: (This is the default.)
Gateway:Set to blank
Nameserver:2a00:1098:0:80:1000::12 (This is not the default.)

Once the network is configured, the installation can proceed as normal.