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Preparing a network for IPv6 migration

Whether your customers are planning to migrate to IPv6 sooner or later, the move is inevitable. Here are tips for preparing your customer's network to make the migration to IPv6 a smooth one.

The demand for IPv6 technologies should experience a jumpstart as a result of the Office of Management and Budget's 2008 deadline for federal agencies to migrate to the new protocol. Thus, private industries are likely to see more IPv6 products and services come their way. In the meantime, consider these tips to help prepare your customers for a smooth migration.

  • Podcast: IPv6 audio seminar
    In this 10 minute broadcast, you will learn what IPv6 is, why you should care about it, and how it will affect information technology and your networking job in the future.
  • Article: IPv6: Learn it, love it
    A detailed explanation of what's new in IPv6 with Silvia Hagen, author of IPv6 Essentials.
  • Article: IPv6: Learn it, love it, part 2: IPv6 addressing
    IPv6 expert Silvia Hagen delves into IPv6 addressing, including address types, address format and notation, prefixes, special addresses and address assignments.
  • Tip: IPv6 addresses, part 1
    An understanding of address formats is the first step in learning how to prepare your customer's network for IPv6. This is part one of a two part series describing IPv6 address formats and how they are used.
  • Tip: IPv6 addresses, part 2
    Once you understand the basic address changes you can begin to understand how they are used and how to ease the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. Part two describes how these address formats are used in an IPv6 network.
  • Tip: IPv6 renumbering
    The difficult job of renumbering IP networks becomes easier with the new protocol -- if you keep these important factors in mind.
  • Tip: Get ready to run IPv6 (whether you want to or not)
    If your customers are migrating to Vista then they'll have no choice about adopting IPv6, as some of the OS's functionality requires it.
  • Tip: Get ready for IPv6: Five security issues to consider
    Learn about the potential hazards of migrating to IPv6 and how to ensure a smooth transition without jeopardizing your company's security.
  • Tip: IPv6: Prepare for the possibilities
    IPv6 is not a fad technology movement. Find out what you need to do to ensure that your customers are ready for the next generation of Internet technologies.
  • Q&A: Will my company need to buy new equipment for the upgrade to IPv6?
    IPv6 expert Silvia Hagen offers guidance on determining how much companies will need to invest in hardware and software upgrades for an IPv6 migration.
  • Tip: IPv6 security
    IPv6 security is supposedly enhanced with IPSec built in, but don't get overconfident as you plan your customer's migration.
  • Tip: Decide on IPv6
    This brief tip provides you with a valuable resource for looking up a variety of applications to see if they're IPv6 compatible.
  • Article: IPv6: Friend or foe?
    While experts may not agree on the "if and when" of IPv6 migration, most agree that now is the time to start preparing. Here's how.
  • Tip: Making IPv6 a reality for your organization
    Learn what changes you'll need to make to your customer's network infrastructure when migrating to IPv6 and how to start building a migration strategy.

What's the least an enterprise should do? Build an IPv6 migration strategy. Use these preliminary steps to start your IPv6 transition.


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