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IPv6 Essentials

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by Silvia Hagen
 

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IPv6, the next generation Internet Protocol, has been in the works since the early 90s when the rapid growth of the Internet threatened to exhaust existing IP addresses. Drawing on 20 years of operational experience with the existing protocol (IPv4), the new protocol offers scalability, increased security features, real-time traffic support, and auto-configuration

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IPv6, the next generation Internet Protocol, has been in the works since the early 90s when the rapid growth of the Internet threatened to exhaust existing IP addresses. Drawing on 20 years of operational experience with the existing protocol (IPv4), the new protocol offers scalability, increased security features, real-time traffic support, and auto-configuration -- so that even a novice user can connect a machine to the Internet. But what does this mean for IT professionals? Having learned all the strengths and weaknesses of the old protocol, will you need to start from scratch with the new?

IPv6 Essentials provides a succinct, in-depth tour of all the new features and functions in IPv6, guiding you through everything you need to know to get started -- including how to configure IPv6 on hosts and routers and which applications currently support IPv6. Aimed at system and network administrators, engineers, network designers, and IT managers, this book will help you plan for, design, and integrate IPv6 into your current IPv4 infrastructure.

Beginning with a short history of IPv6, Silvia Hagen provides an overview of its new functionality and describes some live test and production networks that are using the new protocol. Hagen then shares informative in-depth discussions of the new IPv6 header format and Extension Headers, IPv6 address format, and IPv6 message format. IPv6 Essentials also covers:

  • Security in IPv6: concepts, requirements, and solutions -- including the IPSEC framework and security elements available for authentication and encryption
  • Quality of Service: covers the types of QoS in IPv6 and how they can be implemented
  • Networking: Layer 2 support for IPv6 with sample network designs that show how to integrate IPv6 into your network without interrupting IPv4 services
  • Routing protocols and upper layer protocols

Getting started on different operating systems: Sun Solaris, Linux, Windows 2000 and Windows XP

Whether you're ready to start implementing IPv6 today or are planning your strategy for the future, IPv6 Essentials will provide the solid foundation you need to get started.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
IPv6 is coming of age, and you can begin leveraging its powerful benefits without putting your current IPv4 infrastructure at risk. Silvia Hagen’s IPv6 Essentials, Second Edition shows you how.

Hagen’s book offers pathways for many kinds of readers: networking strategists; infrastructure managers; sysadmins and netadmins; even managers and entrepreneurs. (There’s much here for developers, too, albeit no code samples.) Hagen illuminates IPv6’s multiple advantages, from advanced routing and addressing to autoconfiguration and Quality of Service. But, for many readers, the best will come last.

Here, she walks through transition mechanisms available to those who want to migrate from (or coexist with) IPv4 environments, including dual-stack operation, tunneling, and translation. She offers a taste of tomorrow’s leading-edge Mobile IPv6 services. Finally, she gives you hands-on experience with IPv6 tools from whatever platform(s) you favor: Linux, BSD, Windows Server 2003, Mac OS X, and/or Cisco. Bill Camarda, from the July 2006 Read Only

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A well-written, clear, up-to-date guide to understanding IPv6 in-depth. This is a real accomplishment, because computer networking protocols are completely abstract, and translating all of these abstractions into understandable language is a noteworthy feat. The book explains how it all works to a very practical depth, so that the reader will be well-prepared to begin implementation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596100582
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/24/2006
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Silvia Hagen is the author of the successful book IPv6 Essentials published by O'Reilly. She is owner and CEO of the Swiss Consulting and Education company Sunny Connection, which specializes in IPv6 and network and application performance troubleshooting. She has worked with IPv6 for more than 10 years by writing, teaching, and consulting enterprises in Europe and the United States for the integration of IPv6. She is the president of the Swiss IPv6 Council, which is a non-profit platform to support the integration of IPv6 in Switzerland. As a result of these activities, Switzerland was the first country to reach a double digit user adoption rate (10% in April 2013) and has therefore received the Jim Bound Award of the International IPv6 Forum for IPv6 World Leadership.

In her private time, Silvia likes to read, listen to music and go to concerts, meet with friends, be out in nature walking with her dog, and tend to her garden.

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Are you interested in wanting to understand and implement the IPv6 protocol! If you are, then this book is for you. Author Silvia Hagen, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that covers IPv6 in detail and explains all of the new features and functions. Hagen, begins by briefly explaining the history of IPv6 and gives you an overview of the new functionality. Then, the author describes the new IPv6 header format with a discussion of each field and trace file examples. Then, the author explains everything you need to know about the new address format, address notation, address types, international registry services, and prefix allocation. Next, she describes the new ICMPv6 message format, the ICMPv6 Error messages and informational messages, and the ICMPv6 header in the trace file. The author continues by discussing the basic security concepts and requirements. Then, the author discusses the basic requirements and types of QoS. Next, she discusses Layer 2 support for IPv6, the mapping of multicast addresses to Layer 2 addresses, and the Detecting Network Attachment working group. The author then discusses the advanced routing features of IPv6 and covers the available routing protocols such as RIPng, OSPFv3 for IPv6, and BGP extensions for IPv6, IS-IS, and EIGRPv6. Then, she discusses what is going on above the IPv6 layer, starting with changes for TCP and UDP, continuing with a detailed discussion of the DHCPv6 specification, DNS extensions for IPv6, SLPv2 in IPv6 networks, FTP, Telnet, and web servers. The author continues by discussing the different transition mechanisms that have been defined, such as dual-stack operation, tunneling, and translation techniques. Then, she explains why the Mobile IPv6 technology will become the foundation for a new generation of mobile services. Finally, she explains how to get started with IPv6 on different operating systems, such as Sun Solaris, Linux, BSD, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Mac OS, and a Cisco router. This most excellent book will show you how to plan for, design, and integrate IPv6 in your current IPv4 infrastructure. More importantly, it teaches you what you need to know to get started, to configure IPv6 on your hosts and routers, and to find the right applications that support IPv6.