As I’m getting ready to update my community college textbook Guide to TCP/IP for a fourth edition, I’m gearing up in a big way to make the switchover to IPv6. I co-authored this book with protocol analysis diva Laura Chappell, and am adding budding IPv6 guru Jeff Carrell to the authoring team and to the cover for this next round. He’s the guy, in fact, who recently turned me on to Hurricane Electric’s free IPv6 certification:
As I convert my home/office network over to IPv6 in the next 30 days or so, I’ll also be working my way through this entire cert program. At present I’m reading the inital materials entitled “A Basic Introduction to IPv6.” When I’m done, I’ll take a test to check my reading comprehension and basic knowledge of IPv6, after successful completion of which I’ll attain “Newbie” status. You can do likewise: check it out!
Going forward, Jeff and I will be putting a pretty sizable IPv6 test lab together, which will be colocated at the Hurricane Electric facilities in Fremont, California. Jeff’s driving out to teach on this very subject at SharkFest in Palo Alto next Monday, June 13, after which he’ll be dropping off and installing a load of equipment to bring our test labs up shortly thereafter. It’s going to be interesting (and somewhat costish, too, alas) but an essential part of our aggressive planned moves into the IPv6 world.