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IPv6: The end of the Internet as we know it (and I feel fine)

Aug 10, 2010, 14:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

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"Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2008 R2 Server, UNIX, most mid-range systems, mainframes, and all modern versions of Linux and the Mac support IPv6 natively, but Windows XP's and Windows 2003 Server's support is widely considered to be "Experimental" and requires bringing the OSes up to the most current patch levels. They also lack the GUI management tools of what is used to manage IPv4.

"And as we all know, a very large percentage of PCs in the wild running Windows are still using XP. Either Microsoft is going to have to consider an SP4 for Windows XP to address the most current implementation of IPv6 with all the support tools required in the enterprise for large-scale deployments, or there's going to be a great deal of scrambling within enterprises to NATify and tunnel their IPv4 networks to connect to the new IPv6 Internet.

"Alternatively, there will have to be a concerted effort to migrate environments to Windows 7 or Linux-based desktops/thin clients running on native IPv6 to cope with the global problem."

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