A router must have IPv6 routing enabled before it can send RA messages:
Router(config)# ipv6 unicast-routing
PC1 is configured to obtain IPv6 address information automatically. Since booting, PC1 has not received an RA message, so it sends an RS message to the all-routers multicast address to inform the local IPv6 router that it needs an RA.
R1 receives the RS message and responds with an RA message. Included in the RA message are the prefix and prefix length of the network. The RA message is sent to the IPv6 all-nodes multicast address FF02::1, with the link-local address of the router as the IPv6 source address.
3. PC1 receives the RA message containing the prefix and prefix length for the local network. PC1 will use this information to create its own IPv6 global unicast address. PC1 now has a 64-bit network prefix, but needs a 64-bit Interface ID (IID) to create a global unicast address.
There are two ways PC1 can create its own unique IID:
EUI-64 – Using the EUI-64 process, PC1 will create an IID using its 48-bit MAC address.
Randomly generated – The 64-bit IID can be a random number generated by the client operating system.
PC1 can create a 128-bit IPv6 global unicast address by combining the 64-bit prefix with the 64-bit IID. PC1 will use the link-local address of the router as its IPv6 default gateway address.
4. Because SLAAC is a stateless process, PC1 must verify that this newly created IPv6 address is unique before it can be used. PC1 sends an ICMPv6 Neighbor Solicitation message with a specially constructed multicast address, called a solicited-node multicast address, which duplicates the last 24 bits of PC1’s IPv6 address. If no other devices respond with a Neighbor Advertisement message, then the address is virtually guaranteed to be unique and can be used by PC1. If a Neighbor Advertisement is received by PC1 then the address is not unique and the operating system has to determine a new Interface ID to use.
This process is part of ICMPv6 Neighbor Discovery and is known as Duplicate Address Detection (DAD).