IPv6 for the Reluctant: What to Know Before You Turn It Off

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"IPv6 is never gonna happen," right? For good or ill, that's not true. At our current rate -- assuming no growth in demand for IPv4 addresses -- we will exhaust IPv4 addresses by mid-2012. You heard that right... by the time kids are returning to school in 2012, there won't be an IPv4 address to be had for love or money. (And, IPv6 is an essential part of Windows Server 2008 R2's nifty DirectAccess "invisible VPN... but that's a story for another day.) We get IPv6 in-the-box with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and R2. Your first reaction when you see an IPv6 address like "fe80::5efe:" might be: "Hmmm... that's a lotta colons, and I KNOW what comes out of colons!" But is that the RIGHT reaction? Join veteran Windows explainer Mark Minasi in a look at the latest version of IPv6... and whether you'll want to leave it on or turn it off. In this whirlwind tour, Mark explains the motivation for IPv6 and the technologies behind its implementation (which saves you from having to read 30 RFCs), adding useful notes on the Microsoft-specific aspects of Windows' IPv6 implementation. IPv6 offers many more pluses than minuses... so come give it a look from the one guy who can make IP stacks funny!







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