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IPV6 is coming…

 Mark Minasi held a nice presentation about the basics of IPV6. Very clarifying.

Of course there was a warning, as all speakers must have done the last couple of years, about the `ending` of IPV4. We are running out of ip addresses, we’ve heard that before.

Here you will find a nice link of where Geoff Huston is predicting the end of time:http://www.potaroo.net/tools/ipv4/index.html



And in fact, we cannot ignore this. It will happen. And I want to be prepared, so that’s why I attended this session. I cannot longer sit back and hoping this would only happen when I’m retired. (and the Dutch government is not helping as well, as they have decided to extend pensioning from 65 to 67 years..)

Windows has already implemented the IPV6 stack from 2003 (and XP sp2) onwards and IPV6 from Vista onwards is the preferred protocol by default. Of course you can disable this, but in Win2k8 IPV4 is built on the IPV6 stack, so even when you disable IPV6, you’re always able to ping your local-home-address (::1).

Something I found during my research: Exchange 2003 on Windows 2008 needs IPV6, unless you disable it via a reghack (http://msmvps.com/blogs/ehlo/archive/2008/06/12/1634433.aspx).

You need to understand the principles (doh…) but networking is a piece of cake with IPV6



IPV4 is all about routing, IPV6 is all about shouting, was a statement of Mark Minasi.

Motivators to use IPV6:

  • China is knocking at the internet-door.
  • All European car-manufacturers have agreed to implement IPV6 in their cars as the standart protocol for car applications. (so beware, breaking will done via commands transported via IPV6..)

I don’t want to get in detail here, plenty of explanation on the web, but the modern OS-es all are capable of doing IPV6, and certainly I will dive deeper into this. 

You should too.