IPv6 Essentials

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2002 - Computers - 338 pages
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IPv6, the next generation Internet Protocol, has been in the works since the early 90s when the rapid growth of the Internet threatened to exhaust existing IP addresses. Drawing on 20 years--operational experience with the existing protocol (IPv4), the new protocol offers scalability, increased security features, real-time traffic support, and auto-configuration so that even a novice user can connect a machine to the Internet. But what does this mean for IT professionals? Having learned all the strengths and weaknesses of the old protocol, will you need to start from scratch with the new?

IPv6 Essentialsprovides a succinct, in-depth tour of all the new features and functions in IPv6, guiding you through everything you?ll need to know to get started, including how to configure IPv6 on hosts and routers, and which applications currently support IPv6. Aimed at system and network administrators, engineers, network designers, and IT managers, this book will help you plan for, design, and integrate IPv6 into your current IPv4 infrastructure.

Beginning with a short history of IPv6, author Silvia Hagen provides an overview of the new functionality and describes some live test and production networks that are using the new protocol. Hagen then shares exhaustive discussions of the new IPv6 header format and Extension Headers, IPv6 address format, and IPv6 message format.IPv6 Essentialsalso covers:

  • Security in IPv6: concepts, requirements, and solutions. Includes the IPSEC framework and security elements available for authentication and encryption
  • Quality of Service: covers the types of QoS in IPv6 and how they can be implemented
  • Networking: Layer 2 support for IPv6 with sample network designs that show how to integrate IPv6 into your network without interruption of IPv4 services
  • Routing protocols and upper layer protocols
  • Getting started on different operating systems: Sun Solaris, Linux, Windows 2000 and Windows XP

Whether you're ready to start implementing IPv6 today or are planning your strategy for the future,IPv6 Essentialswill provide the solid foundation you need to get started.

 

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Contents

IPv6 Versus IPv4
1
Overview of Functionality
2
Transition Aspects
3
IPv6 Alive
4
The Structure of the IPv6 Protocol
11
The Fields in the IPv6 Header
12
Extension Headers
16
IPv6 Addressing
28
QoS Paradigms
106
Quality of Service in IPv6 Protocols
108
QoS Architectures
115
Mapping IP QoS to Underlying Transmission Networks
117
Further Issues in IP QoS
118
Networking Aspects
120
Multicasting
129
Mobile IP
131

Address Notation
29
Prefix Notation
30
Format Prefixes
31
Address Privacy
33
Aggregatable Global Unicast Address
34
Anycast Address
39
Multicast Address
41
Required Addresses
44
ICMPv6
45
General Message Format
46
ICMP Error Messages
49
ICMP Informational Messages
54
Processing Rules
56
The ICMPv6 Header in a Trace File
57
Neighbor Discovery
59
Autoconfiguration
69
Path MTU Discovery
73
Multicast Group Management
74
Security in IPv6
77
Basic Security Requirements and Techniques
79
Security in the Current Internet Environment
83
Current Solutions
84
Open Security Issues in the Current Internet
86
The IPSEC Framework
88
IPv6 Security Elements
89
Security Association Negotiation and Key Management
98
Interworking of IPv6 Security with Other Services
102
Open Issues in IPv6 Security
104
Quality of Service in IPv6
105
Network Designs
134
Routing Protocols
137
RIPng
138
OSPF for IPv6 OSPFv3
151
BGP Extensions for IPv6
193
Other Routing Protocols for IPv6
207
UpperLayer Protocols
210
DHCP
212
DNS
215
SLP
222
FTP
223
Telnet
225
Interoperability
227
Tunneling Techniques
229
Network Address and Protocol Translation
245
Comparison
253
Vendor Support
255
Get Your Hands Dirty
256
Linux
258
Microsoft
260
Applications
267
Cisco Router
268
Description of the Tests
272
Vendor Support
277
RFCs
279
IPv6 Resources
285
Recommended Reading
308
Index
309
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About the author (2002)

Silvia Hagen has been in the networking industry since 1990, and became a CNE and CNI in 1992. She began her career as a successful instructor, and has trained hundreds of system engineers. Today she is CEO of Sunny Connection AG in Switzerland and works as a senior consultant and analyst for many mid-size and large sized companies. Her expertise is in Directory Services and Protocol Analysis. She is the author of the successful book 'Novell's Guide to Troubleshooting TCP/IP', published by Novell Press and 'SLP - Guide to Service Location Protocol', published by Podbooks. She also presents internationally on various networking topics for Universities, Novell's Brainshare, NetWare Users International Conferences and also offers customized corporate presentations. For more details and contact information visit her website at http://www.sunny.ch.

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