Basic class configuration

Class definition sections start with [class_], e.g.:


The minimal attribute a class has to have is the definition of the address(es) belonging to it. Addresses are defined in [address_] sections.

In the class section the keyword for addresses is – surprisingly – addresses:

addresses = client_local

A class can use several address definitions, if clients should have more than one address.

addresses = client_local client_global

Additional options for classes

Each class can have some additional options. These are

  • answer
  • nameserver
  • t1
  • t2
  • filter_hostname
  • filter_mac
  • filter_duid
  • interface

Normally a client will get an answer, but if for whatever reason is a need to give it an NoAddrAvail message back or completely ignore the client it can be set here. Valid answer types are “normal”, “noaddress” and “none”:

answer = none

Nameservers can be specified individually for every class. This allows to use different nameservers e.g. for valid and invalid hosts. They are set by nameserver. More than one have to be separated by spaces.

addresses = valid_global valid_local
nameserver = fd00:0:0:900d::53:1 fd00:0:0:900d::53:2

addresses = invalid
nameserver = fd00:0:0:bad::53:1

Every class might have different t1 and t2 values. This might make sense for invalid clients which could have shorter refresh cycles to check if they are valid again.

addresses = invalid
t1 = 1200
t2 = 1500

Filters allow to configure clients by attributes and not by static configuration information. Filters use Python regular expressions. Possible keywords are filter_hostname, filter_duid and filter_mac. If for example all Windows clients’ hostnames start with “win” a class could be created to use that information.

addresses = valid_local
filter_hostname = win*

If multiple interfaces are configured, a class has to belong to at least one interface. If none is specified, all interfaces dhcpy6d listens to are used.

addresses = clients
interface = eth0

addresses = servers
interface = eth1

Default class

The class “default” always exists and applies to clients that do not match otherwise. It uses the address “default” which has to be set in the [address_default] section. See minimal configuration for example.

If default clients need extra configuration edit [class_default]:

nameserver = fd00::bad:53

Default classes when using multiple interfaces

If dhcpy6d listens on multiple interfaces one default class per interface can be defined. This will be useful to configure several subnets on different segments. A default class definition starts with [class_default_], which looks like this:

addresses = subnet1
addresses = subnet2

Example for classes

Clients can be assigned to different classes. Lets assume there are 3 classes:

  • known valid clients – class “valid
  • known invalid clients, e.g. with invalid antivirus patterns – class “invalid
  • unknown clients which per default belong to class “default

Valid clients should get 2 addresses each, one unique local and one global address. The local address will be an ID-based one, the global one a random address for privacy. Let the local addresses be in subnet fd00:0:0:900d::/64 and the global one in 2001:db8::/64.

Invalid clients will get only one unique local address based on ID for easier identification of the host. The subnet shall be fd00:0:0:bad::/64.

Unknown clients also will get only one unique local address. Their MAC address should be included for easier tracing and the subnet might be fd00:bad:dead:beef::/64.

Prefix length is 64 per default so it is not necessary to be defined again.

The addresses are defined like this:

# local address for valid clients
category = id
pattern = fd00:0:0:900d::$id$

# global address for valid clients
category = random
pattern = 2001:db8::$random64$

# local address for invalid clients
category = id
pattern = fd00:0:0:bad::$id$

# default address for unknown clients
# the class "default" exists per default and there is no need
# to define it here again, only if it needs some special options
# because it automatically uses this address_default
category = mac
pattern = fd00:bad:dead:beef::$mac$

# class for valid clients
addresses = valid_local valid_global

# class for invalid clients
addresses = invalid