If you have not already started you IPv6 transition planning, now is a good time. Think of where your business will be in 3 years, and how you'll interface with the rest of world. This will provide a clearer picture of the action that is required. Once IPv4 gets depleted, you will still be able to communicate with all other IPv4 hosts out there, but you cannot reach any IPv6 hosts. This is what you are wishing to avoid. Don't get too far behind in the planning phase of your inevitable v4 to v6 transition.

 

The first thing you should do when conducting an IPv6 readiness audit is make an inventory of your network. Include all of your systems and document any mystery devices you find. Inventory all devices inclduing firewalls, routers, switches, and load balancers.Your systems guys would need to audit server operating systems and key infrastructure applications like DNS and e-mail. Application owners will likely need to audit each of their applications, both the transport layers, as well as any user interfaces where IP addresses are entered. For your DBAs, include any place where an IP address is referenced. This is by no means a complete list, but you get the picture.

 

If you are currently implementing Windows7 or Server 2008/2008R2 then remember you are already adding IPv6 into your IT environment by default.  Consequently, a remediation plan is necessary to maintain control of your infrastructure until you are ready to fully enable IPv6.

 

 

SolarWinds IP Address Manager can help you coordinate your migration to IPv6 by providing the ability to add IPv6 sites and subnets for planning purposes. IPv6 addresses can then be grouped to assist with network organization. Use the discovery tool to start your inventory task. Know what is out there-

To obtain a better understanding of the current state of IPV6 readiness with SolarWinds products see this product blog.

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