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This article provides resources for individuals seeking to learn about Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and for organizational training in IPv6 technology. While the process used for organizational training is beyond the scope of this article, it should be noted that this process is not unique to IPv6. Such a process could readily be adapted from another area of technology instead of creating it anew. This article on introducing Microsoft Office 2010 into an organization describes one such process. Note: IPv6 Certification programs available for individuals to document their proficiency in IPv6 and knowledge of IPv6 concepts are summarized in the article "IPv6 Certifications" by Scott Hogg.

This  IPv6 training information document contains references for the following categories of information:

  1. Free IPv6-related training and learning sources
  2. On-line reference documents and websites
  3. IPv6-related books in print or in electronic form
  4. Archival information (published or presented in 2007 and earlier)

References to commercial IPv6-related training and learning sources may be found in this article on the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) website. Documents and tutorials describing how to build IPv6 test labs may be found in the IPv6 test lab set up section of the IPv6 Test Techniques article in the IPv6: Testing section.

The IPv6 Standards and RFCs article in the General Information section and the IPv6 Transition Mechanisms article in the Deployment section contain additional material about Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) standards and IPv6 transition mechanisms, respectively.

The following information is provided to help those interested in learning more about IPv6 get started:

  1. A recent overview of IPv6 can be found in this Wikipedia free encyclopedia article.
  2. This IPv6 Tutorial was originally presented during the 2010 annual DREN Networking and Security conference. It includes an introduction to the IPv6 protocol and basic instructions for connecting a network to DREN and enabling IPv6 on the network.
  3. This IPv6 in the Weeds Tutorial was prepared for the 2012 annual DREN Networking and Security conference. It includes basic instructions for enabling IPv6 on DNS, public-facing web servers, email servers, and routers/firewalls on a single network segment.

Since 1998 and continuing to the present, the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) has presented reports and in-depth tutorials on a variety of IPv6 deployment topics.