Management Information Base for IP Version 6: Textual Conventions and General Group
RFC 2465

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Network Working Group                                        D. Haskin
Request for Comments: 2465                                   S. Onishi
Category: Standards Track                           Bay Networks, Inc.
                                                         December 1998

             Management Information Base for IP Version 6:
                 Textual Conventions and General Group

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document is one in the series of documents that provide MIB
   definitions for for IP Version 6.  Specifically, the IPv6 MIB textual
   conventions as well as the IPv6 MIB General group is defined in this
   document.

   This memo defines a portion of the Management Information Base (MIB)
   for use with network management protocols in the IPv6-based
   internets.

   This document specifies a MIB module in a manner that is both
   compliant to the SNMPv2 SMI, and semantically identical to the peer
   SNMPv1 definitions.

Table of Contents

   1.  The SNMPv2 Network Management Framework .............    2
   1.1   Object Definitions ................................    2
   2.  Overview ............................................    2
   3.  IPv6 Address Representation .........................    3
   4.  Definition of Textual Conventions ...................    4
   5.  The IPv6 General Group ..............................    5
   6.  Acknowledgments .....................................   36
   7.  References ..........................................   36
   8.  Security Considerations .............................   37
   9.  Authors' Addresses...................................   37

Haskin & Onishi             Standards Track                     [Page 1]
RFC 2465                IPv6 MIB: General Group            December 1998

   10. Full Copyright Statement.............................   38

1.  The SNMPv2 Network Management Framework

   The SNMPv2 Network Management Framework presently consists of three
   major components.  They are:

   o    the SMI, described in RFC 1902 [1] - the mechanisms used
        for describing and naming objects for the purpose of management.

   o    the MIB-II, described in RFC 1213/STD 17 [3] - the core
        set of managed objects for the Internet suite of protocols.

   o    RFC 1157/STD 15 [4] and RFC 1905 [5] which define two versions
        of the protocol used for network access to managed objects.

   The Framework permits new objects to be defined for the purpose of
   experimentation and evaluation.

1.1.  Object Definitions

   Managed objects are accessed via a virtual information store, termed
   the Management Information Base or MIB.  Objects in the MIB are
   defined using the subset of Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1)
   defined in the SMI.  In particular, each object type is named by an
   OBJECT IDENTIFIER, an administratively assigned name.  The object
   type together with an object instance serves to uniquely identify a
   specific instantiation of the object.  For human convenience, we
   often use a textual string, termed the descriptor, to refer to the
   object type.

2.  Overview

   This document is the first in the series of documents that define
   various MIB object groups for IPv6. These groups are the basic unit
   of conformance: if the semantics of a group is applicable to an
   implementation, then it must implement all objects in that group.
   For example, an implementation must implement the TCP group if and
   only if it implements the TCP over IPv6 protocol.  At minimum,
   implementations must implement the IPv6 General group defined in this
   document as well as the ICMPv6 group [9].

Haskin & Onishi             Standards Track                     [Page 2]
RFC 2465                IPv6 MIB: General Group            December 1998

   This document defines the IPv6 MIB textual conventions as well as the
   IPv6 General group which provides for the basic management of IPv6
   entities and serve as the foundation for other IPv6 MIB definitions.

   The IPv6 General group consists of 6 tables:

       - ipv6IfTable

            The IPv6 Interfaces table contains information on the
            entity's IPv6 interfaces.

       - ipv6IfStatsTable

            This table contains information on the traffic statistics of
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