(NOTE: For tools to help test or troubleshoot Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) network behavior or network services (such as web, mail, DNS, DNSSEC, NTP, or XMPP), see the IPv6 Troubleshooting article in the Network Management section.)

Formal Network Testing

The Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council Federal IPv6 Task Force provided this Demonstration Plan for Federal agencies defining what was required to document compliance with the OMB IPv6 guidelines. 

Products from some of the commercial testing service and equipment providers and open source testing software developers mentioned at the end of the Testing section in the SDN Lessons Learned, Testing, and Training article in the SDN Knowledge Base can be used to conduct network testing and document their results.

Formal Network Testing Results

Here are some early tests results from an inter-agency test among the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and the General Services Administration (GSA). This is the VA test plan. The IRS had previously performed a network compliance test on September 8, 2007, and reported the results in greater detail in slides 31-40 of their G.E.E.K.V.6 Day document.

In 2007, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) produced A Report on IPv6 Deployment Activities and Issues that explored the readiness of SNL’s network backbone to support IPv6 and the issues that must be addressed before deploying IPv6 at SNL.

In 2010 the NIST Advanced Network Technologies Division (ANTD) established a Deployment Status website and it is actively maintained, summarizing the progress many industry, university, and United States (US) Federal government organizations (other than the Department of Defense (DoD) and affiliated organizations) have made in deploying IPv6 on their public-facing websites and services (and by inference on at least some portions of their networks). The ANTD also maintains a separate website summarizing the progress of only DoD and affiliated organizations).The Transition Progress Measures section near the end of this presentation explains how to interpret that information. Another website established in 2007 summarizing the progress many organizations have made in deploying IPv6 is available here, and it is also actively maintained.

Informal Network Testing Results

A 24-hour world-wide test of IPv6 was held on 8 June 2011, called World IPv6 Day. Results of that test are documented here. An on-going world-wide demonstration of IPv6 began on 6 June 2012, called World IPv6 Launch. Participants in and measurements of the results are documented here and are actively maintained.

Several organizations have deployed test networks on their premises and documented their experiences. See the IPv6-only test network setup topic in the IPv6 Test Techniques article in the Testing section.