Understanding IPv6, 3rd Edition is published!

After four and a half years of waiting, I am both proud (and relieved) to announce the publication and availability of Understanding IPv6, 3rd Edition (Amazon page). This title, an update to Understanding IPv6, 2nd Edition, is the definitive resource for Windows network architects, implementers, and support staff on IPv6 and its implementation in Windows….


Get your hands on it with the IPv6 Test Lab Guide and extensions

If you are just starting to learn about IPv6 and want to get your hands on it, try the Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate IPv6 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=9db5abdf-80e0-4c3e-9204-69c6c65e2195). This new Test Lab Guide (TLG) takes you through the following: The default IPv6 behavior of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 on a multi-subnet IPv4-only intranet The use of the Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel…


World IPv6 Day and Windows

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the international body responsible for distributing Internet addresses, completed their last allocation of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address blocks on February 3, 2011 2010.  IPv4 addresses are the “phone numbers” of the Internet and are responsible for identifying computers so they can communicate with each other. IPv4 has…

MS Enterprise IPv6 Deployment TechNet Webcast available

Take a look at the MS Enterprise IPv6 Deployment TechNet Webcast for information about the requirements for IPv6 on the Microsoft corporate network, Microsoft’s IPv6 deployment strategy, its current state, lessons learned along the way, and suggested areas of planning for your IPv6 deployment.   Note that this Webcast is mistitled “Architecting a Rollout of…


New dedicated IPv6 TechNet Forum!

The new IPv6 TechNet Forum (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/ipv6/threads) provides a space for you to ask questions and comment on issues with IPv6 in Windows. This is a TechNet forum, so there is a slight server/IT focus, but we welcome discussions on IPv6 application development as well. Best! Chris PalmerMicrosoft IPv6 Program Manager

IPv6 Survival Guide in the TechNet Wiki now available

The new IPv6 Survival Guide (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/ipv6-survival-guide.aspx) in the TechNet Wiki contains a new organization of links to Microsoft and third-party resources on IPv6. Because this is a TechNet Wiki topic, feel free to review and add resources that you have found valuable in learning about or evaluating IPv6 for your networks. Thanks. Joe DaviesPrincipal WriterWindows…


IPv6 Learning Roadmap now available

The IPv6 Learning Roadmap provides an organized and sequential list of Web and print resources that you can use to build your understanding of IPv6, starting with prerequisites and then adding level 100 (introductory), level 200 (intermediate), and level 300 (advanced) knowledge. Each section contains an ordered list of steps. Each step contains a learning…


Windows 7 passes Phase-2 testing and is IPv6 Ready

The University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory has certified Windows 7 as IPv6 Ready, which confirms via third-party testing that the IPv6 protocol in Windows 7 complies with interoperability and conformance tests defined by the IPv6 Ready Logo committee. To see the versions of Windows that have passed interoperability testing, click here. Joe Davies Principal…


US Federal Directive to Support IPv6

Vivek Kundra, the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), issued a directive on September 28 to “expedite the operational deployment and use of IPv6,” which includes the following for US agencies (excerpted): Upgrade public/external facing servers and services (e.g. web, email, DNS, ISP services, etc.) to operationally use native IPv6 by the end of FY 2012…


Don’t fall behind, start your IPv6 planning now

A recent survey by the Number Resource Organization (NRO) of over 1,500 network operators found that 84% either have or are considering obtaining public IPv6 address space from Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). See No IPv6 plan? You’re behind schedule in NetworkWorld for the details. Joe Davies Principal Technical Writer for the Windows Server Networking Documentation…