One of the things NAT has permitted us to do in the past decade is split physical services onto different servers whilst hiding behind a single interface.
For example, I have
example.com behind a NAT on
192.0.2.10. I port-forward
:443 to my web server. I'm also port forward
:25 to my mail server, and
:3389 to a terminal server and
:8080 to the web interface of my computer that downloads torrents, and the story goes on.
So I have 5 port forwardings going to 4 different computers on
Then, I go and get me some neat IPv6. I assign
example.com an IPv6 address of
2001:db8:88:200::10. That's great for my websites, but I want to go to
example.com:8080 to get to my torrents, or
example:3389 to log on to my terminal server.
How can I do this with IPv6, as there is no NAT. Sure, I could create a bunch of new DNS entries for each new service, but then I have to update all my clients who are used to just typing
example.com to get to either the website or the terminal server. My users are dumber than two bricks so they won't remember to connect to
What options do I have for keeping NAT-style functionality with IPv6?
In case you haven't figured it out, the above scenario is not a real scenario for me, or perhaps anyone yet, but it's bound to happen eventually. You know, with devops and all.