Friday, October 08, 2010

IPv6 is not the future, but the now… An IPv6 Learning Roadmap, from Prerequisites to Level 300

 Microsoft TechNet - IPv6 Learning Roadmap


Published: October 7, 2010

Support for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), the new suite of standard protocols for the Network layer of the TCP/IP protocol suite, is built into the latest versions of Microsoft Windows, which include Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.

IPv6 is designed to solve many of the problems of the current version of IP (known as IPv4) such as address depletion, security, autoconfiguration, and extensibility. Its use will also expand the capabilities of the Internet and enable a variety of valuable and exciting scenarios, including peer-to-peer and mobile applications.

If you are new to IPv6, this topic can help you identify what you need to learn to fully understand IPv6, from addressing to protocol and process details to application development. It includes prerequisite topics that cover a variety of TCP/IP fundamentals. You must understand the prerequisite topics first, because IPv6 builds upon them and assumes an understanding of them. Afterwards, you can begin learning about IPv6 through the resources in the Level 100 (introductory), 200 (intermediate), and 300 (advanced) sections.

We recommend that you read the topics in the order listed.


Having grown up along with IPv4, fighting the early pains with it (remember plugging in third party IP stacks into DOS and Windows? Oh the config.sys/autoexec.bat/system.ini joys… lol) I find IPv6 both exciting and a little scary (wow those addresses are something else… how am I going to log into my router when I have to remember/type those! ;).

But scary or not, it IS the future. Of that there’s no question. So the sooner we learn it, the better and the less scary it will be…

(via The WSiX Network Connection - IPv6 Learning Roadmap now available)

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