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Inforum Course: Introduction to IPv6

Given that the Internet is now a critical global infrastructure for socio-economic growth and is growing faster in developing countries, there are a number of key drivers for IPv6 migration to be accelerated in these nations. For example, IPv6 permits broader mobile Internet access, supports business growth, and opens the door to new services (specifically voice, video and other multimedia applications). As IPv4 exhaustion becomes more and more imminent, network operators across the globe are taking a closer look at transitioning to IPv6.

This course is based off the Juniper book titled, ‘Day One: Exploring IPv6’ by Chris Grundemann, and was developed to provide a brief primer for individuals who are interested in better understanding IPv6.

Course Objectives

  • Explain why we need to transition from IPv4 to IPv6
  • Learn to read IPv6 addresses, classifications, and prefixes
  • Describe IPv6 improvements in routing and address assignment
  • Explain how to convert binary IPv6 addresses to hexadecimal, provide guidance on interpreting IPv6 prefixes, and describe the main IPv6 address types and their functions
  • Discuss the components of an IPv6 header, explain the process for IPv6 Neighbor Discovery, and describe how Stateless Address Auto Configuration (SLAAC) works
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