Department of Defense
High Performance Computing Modernization Program

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is not backwards compatible with IPv4, so networks must be changed in order to deploy IPv6.

In this Initial Introduction, the structure and content of the Defense Research and Engineering (DREN) IPv6 Knowledge Base are described. The Knowledge Base consists of nine major sections, with links to those sections appearing to the left on every Knowledge Base article.

  1. An overview of the General Information section.
  2. An overview of the Deployment section.
  3. An overview of the IP Transport section.
  4. An overview of the Infrastructure section.
  5. An overview of the Network Management section.
  6. An overview of the Security section.
  7. An overview of the Applications section.
  8. An overview of the Testing section.
  9. An overview of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section

1. The General Information section contains articles covering a wide variety of information about IPv6, from policy and standards to what to do if an organization is not going to deploy IPv6, as follows:

  • This Initial Introduction article provides an introduction to the organization and contents of the IPv6 Knowledge Base.
  • An IPv6 Policy and Guidance article providing a list of policy and guidance documents issued by the US organizations and organizations outside the United States.
  • An Overview of Lessons Learned article providing high-level summaries and discussions from multiple points of view of lessons learned deploying IPv6 by various United States (US) Department of Defense and other US Federal government organizations, private organizations, and academia (both in the US and abroad), as well as for the home and Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) user.
  • An IPv6 Standards and RFCs article providing a general introduction to the IPv6 protocol and the organizations that develop and publish protocol standards.
  • An IPv6 Not Needed Here article briefly describing the actions that should be taken by organizations that have decided not to deploy IPv6.
  • An IPv6 Points of Contact article listing communities and public forums involved in IPv6 planning and deployment efforts.

2. The Deployment section contains articles discussing various aspects of deploying IPv6, including:

  • A Before you Begin article about things to consider before planning an IPv6 deployment.
  • An Overview of Process which provides planning material, information about the approaches used to deploy IPv6 by organizations of all types (Federal organizations, Internet Service Providers, businesses, and academic institutions), sizes (from international enterprises to small businesses and individual users), and locations (in the US and across the world), and in-depth information on management, planning, and deployment processes.
  • An IPv6 “Boiler Plate” Acquisitions Language article providing examples of language developed by various organizations to be used in solicitations and acquisition documents.
  • An IPv6 Training and Learning article providing information on training available from commercial entities and free sources for learning about IPv6, and a limited amount of tutorial information.
  • An IPv6 Transition Mechanisms article providing a quick introduction to the various IPv6 transition mechanisms that are available.
  • An IPv6 Software article that identifies many software products that either support IPv6 or are IP-protocol neutral.
  • An IPv6 in the Home and Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) article about the IPv6 deployment process in the Home and SOHO.

3. The IP Transport section contains articles about the specifics of installing, configuring, and (when required) removing IPv6 in many different computer operating systems (several versions of Linux, Apple macOS and OS X, Microsoft Windows, and UNIX, as well as others) and router firmware (Nokia [formerly Alcatel-Lucent], Extreme Networks [formerly Brocade], Cisco, and Juniper).

4. The Infrastructure section contains articles about the specifics of installing and configuring software that supports IPv6 infrastructure services, such as web, email, DNS, and DHCP servers. It also contains articles about selected infrastructure topics, such as cloud, VPN, and Microsoft Windows services/servers.

5. The Network Management section contains articles about planning for and deploying wide-area, enterprise, and site IPv6 networks, guidance and examples for obtaining IPv6 address allocations, guidance and examples for Address Plans, recommended management practices, and troubleshooting tips and techniques.

6. The Security section contains articles about best practices, general and specific (Checkpoint, Cisco, Juniper, and several versions of software based) router and firewall firmware configuration guides, IPSec, Trusted Internet Connection, Windows Internet Connection Sharing, and vulnerability scanners.

7. The Applications section contains articles providing guidance for and examples of developing, updating, and testing applications software to support IPv6, specifics of configuring and using IPv6 web browsers, and describing selected applications such as java and Kerberos.

8. The Testing section contains articles about IPv6 product and network test techniques in general, formal IPv6 product test programs and the testing results they provide, and IPv6 network testing results.

9. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section provides basic information about topics of interest to people new to IPv6.

 


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