June 8th 2011 is designated as world IPv6 day. For most people it’s going to be a relatively uneventful day. However, for those who advocate the use of IPv6, it’s going to be a very exciting day. Essentially it’s a test drive that’s sponsored by the Internet Society and a number of large organizations.
Here’s How It Works
When you look up a web site on the internet a DNS resolution occurs. The record that’s returned is called an “A” record. In IPv6 the record is called a “AAAA” record. On World IPv6 day “AAAA” records will be enabled for those participating in the test drive. If you are using IPv6 you will be able to resolve and access these organizations using the new “AAAA” record.
How Can You Participate?
There are a few ways you can participate.
Head on over to Hurricane Electric’s Free IPv6 Tunnel Broker service and get an account. Then use a D-Link DIR-632 Wireless-N 8-Port Router, or similar device. You can check out my article on how to set it up over on my personal blog.
You can also check out SixXS tunnel broker server and this write-up on how to get going.
Head on over to gogo6 and watch the tutorial video on configuring IPv6 in 60 seconds.
In The End, It’s Worth It To Learn
In the end, it’s worth it to learn how IPv6 will play a part in your everyday network experience. If you’re still having issues getting past the IPv6 jitters you are welcome to join me for a free webinar on June 8th, 2011. The Webinar is sponsored by Ascolta and you can get more information and select a time to attend the Webinar that fits your schedule.