IPv6 Essentials

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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...

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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.

Beginning with a short history of IPv6, the author provides an overview of the new functionality and describes live tests and production networks that are using the new protocol.

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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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100582
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/24/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Silvia Hagen has been in the networking industry since 1990, and became a CNE and CNI in 1992. She began her career as a successful instructor, and has trained hundreds of system engineers. Today she is CEO of Sunny Connection AG in Switzerland and works as a senior consultant and analyst for many mid-size and large sized companies. Her expertise is in Directory Services and Protocol Analysis. She is the author of the successful book 'Novell's Guide to Troubleshooting TCP/IP', published by Novell Press and 'SLP - Guide to Service Location Protocol', published by Podbooks. She also presents internationally on various networking topics for Universities, Novell's Brainshare, NetWare Users International Conferences and also offers customized corporate presentations. For more details and contact information visit her website at http://www.sunny.ch.

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Table of Contents


1. IPv6 Versus IPv4
The History of IPv6
Overview of Functionality
Transition Aspects
IPv6 Alive

2. The Structure of the IPv6 Protocol
General Header Structure
The Fields in the IPv6 Header
Extension Headers

3. IPv6 Addressing
Address Types
Address Notation
Prefix Notation
Format Prefixes
Address Privacy
Aggregatable Global Unicast Address
Anycast Address
Multicast Address
Required Addresses

4. ICMPv6
General Message Format
ICMP Error Messages
ICMP Informational Messages
Processing Rules
The ICMPv6 Header in a Trace File
Neighbor Discovery
Path MTU Discovery
Multicast Group Management

5. Security in IPv6
Types of Threats
Basic Security Requirements and Techniques
Security in the Current Internet Environment
Current Solutions
Open Security Issues in the Current Internet
The IPSEC Framework
IPv6 Security Elements
Security Association Negotiation and Key Management
Interworking of IPv6 Security with Other Services
Open Issues in IPv6 Security

6. Quality of Service in IPv6
QoS Paradigms
Quality of Service in IPv6 Protocols
QoS Architectures
Mapping IP QoS to Underlying Transmission Networks
Further Issues in IP QoS

7. Networking Aspects
Layer 2 Support for IPv6
Mobile IP
Network Designs

8. Routing Protocols
OSPF for IPv6 (OSPFv3)
BGP Extensions for IPv6
Other Routing Protocols for IPv6

9. Upper-Layer Protocols
Web Servers

10. Interoperability
Dual-Stack Techniques
Tunneling Techniques
Network Address and Protocol Translation
Vendor Support

11. Get Your Hands Dirty
Sun Solaris
Cisco Router
Description of the Tests
Vendor Support


B. IPv6 Resources

C. Recommended Reading


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2006


    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.

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