After months of anticipation, World IPv6 Day is nearly upon us. Network equipment vendors, network service providers and networked enterprises have all diligently prepared and for twenty-four hours on June 8th we will all get to experience the fruits of that labor when more than three hundred websites offer their content using IPv6 in addition to IPv4. If everyone has done their job right, what do we expect to happen?
That’s right. The best outcome of World IPv6 Day would be a completely unchanged end-user experience, regardless of the fact that they now can use a new underlying network protocol.
Get Ready for Nothing
In order to best ensure that nothing happens, IT professionals should seek out latent IPv6 problems that may suddenly manifest themselves when so much IPv6 traffic appears. What steps should you take to ensure that you experience nothing?
Even if the visitor can achieve the coveted check mark on that banner, it would not hurt to conduct a few more tests.
Quick Tests for Nothing
- http://test-ipv6.com/ runs a range of IPv6 connectivity and DNS tests.
- http://ipv6-test.com/speedtest/ will compare IPv4 and IPv6 connect speeds.
- The whimsical http://ipv6chicken.com/ provides a quick Path MTU test.
- http://ipv6eyechart.ripe.net/ tests the ability to reach 50 IPv6 enabled web sites.
- http://worldipv6day.org/participant-websites/ shows the state of websites participating in World IPv6 Day, so users can check to see if those sites are up and running IPv6.
Useful Documents for Nothing
- The Cisco World IPv6 Day Troubleshooting Guide on the IPv6 Transition Forum
- The Cisco IPv6 Basic Connectivity Guide
- The ARIN IPv6 Wiki, which has a great troubleshooting guide and a comprehensive list of problems that could occur.
More Resources for Nothing
- You can direct your questions to our experts at the Cisco IPv6 Transition Forum.
- You can join our IPv6 TweetChat on Monday, June 6 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time at twitter.com/CiscoGeeks when we will be giving away 25 t-shirts to customers who ask questions. Read the full terms and agreements.
- A number additional useful resources can be found at http://worldipv6day.org/
Remember: World IPv6 Day starts at 0:00 UTC on 8 June 2011. You can use timeanddate.com to determine your local start time and local end time.
I hope that absolutely nothing happens. Except for changing the foundation of the Internet, of course.