"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
"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
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