IPv6 Implementation Guide

Project Description

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), the named successor to the current networking protocol that supports the transport of traffic across the Internet, is a more mature standard that appropriately balances compatibility against the addition of capabilities and enhancements that are important for current and future growth of the Internet. In 2013, the EDUCAUSE Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CCI) Working Group authored the paper, Transitioning to IPv6, to make the case for institutions to “start today to sell the concept to your campus administration and take appropriate steps to initiate the planning process” for IPv6.

This group will follow up on that paper and develop a guide that outlines next steps institutions need to take in order to implement IPv6. It will address practicalities of the transition, including security, as well as tactical considerations such as living in both worlds (IPv4 and IPv6) during the move over and unexpected dependencies that might arise (e.g., with Active Directory). The guide will provide a roadmap to existing resources and a step-by-step guide. It will include examples from institutions where IPv6 has been deployed for practical knowledge sharing.

Who Should Participate

IT staff from institutions that have deployed IPv6 or are in the process of doing so.

Audience

IT staff who are interested in deploying IPv6 or are planning to do so.

Outcome

  • Product: Short White Paper (~5 pages)

Timeline

  • February-March 2017: Finalize project description; recruit working group chairs/members (if necessary)
  • March 2017: Project kick-off call; homework
  • April 2017: Project outline completed
  • May 2017: Initial drafting
  • June 2017: First draft complete; review locally with research colleagues
  • July 2017: Edits based on feedback; final draft complete
  • August 2017: Publish

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