Twelve IPv6 Resources

Last week in my blog, The IPv6 Migration Checklist, I focused on what you need to know before you transition to IPv6. At the risk of sounding repetitive, I’d like to continue the IPv6 theme today and point you towards some of the great resources available online that may help with your migration strategy. There are a number of articles online that explain IPv4 address exhaustion but if you already understand this concept, it’s time to start preparing for IPv6.

Without further ado — and in no particular order — here are 12 IPv6 resources that are worth your time:

Planning

1. Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) have a host of resources available on IPv6 and allocation guidelines. This presentation from RIPE NCC outlines IPv6 addressing fundamentals.

2. The United States Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program has a great guide called “Before You Begin” and a several helpful IPv6-related presentations, including one on IPv6 Networking and another on enabling IPv6 on public-facing servers.

3. We’ve also published four eBooks on IPv6 on this website. If you’re new to IPv6, I recommend starting with IPv6 eBook Series Part 1: The Basics.

Migration/Transition

4. The Internet Assigned Number Authority (IANA) has information on transition strategies, including papers on the following:

IPv6 Address Space

IPv6 Addressing Architecture

IPv6 Global Unicast Address Assignments

IPv6 Parameters

5. The ARIN IPv6 Wiki is an excellent resource for IPv6 planners, but this section on implementing and managing IPv6 goes into greater detail about potential transition issues such as customer problems, DNS and naming, re-numbering, troubleshooting, and more.

6. For a simple summary of migration strategies, see the LACNIC breakdown on transition mechanisms on its IPv6 Portal.

Real Life Examples

7. If an organization the size of the United States Air Force can transition to IPv6, there’s a good chance you can too. The Internet Society (ISOC) has a summary here or you can read the full case study on ReadWrite. Similarly, The United States Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program has a presentation and white paper on its transition.

8. Hurricane Electric and ARIN are among the video tutorials from the Internet Society (ISOC), which present case studies from ISP and enterprise perspectives.

Ongoing Management and Learning

9. Test your IPv6 connectivity with the IPv6 readiness test. If IPv6 is working, the website will also provide a list of other test sites

10. Once you are running IPv6, you need to make sure you can provide content! The ISOC tutorial, Making Content Available Over IPv6, offers a step-by-step guide. Check out the ISOC IPv6 resources section for other tutorials and videos.

11. Keep abreast of security issues with this Security Knowledge Base from The United States Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

12. Cable providers would do well to keep up-to-date (and participate in) the CableLabs IPv6 Project. While you’re there, check out resources such as IPv6 Support in Home Gateways.

This is just a snippet of the information out there. If you know of a great IPv6 resource, email me at blog@incognito.com.