Build your own IPv6 lab on the cheap, part 2

You're so close to creating your own IPv6-ready lab -- now InfoWorld's Matt Prigge takes you through the final steps

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After you commit those two sections to the configuration, any IPv6-enabled host on your network will automatically address themselves within that network block and be ready to access the internet via IPv6. If you're using Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 and haven't disabled IPv6, you'll almost immediately see the "new network" dialog pop up. Testing should be as simple as hitting a known IPv6-only site. If you can get there, you're good to go. You're now running a basic, dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 network.

Other projects

After you're all set up, you can keep busy with a number of other projects. For example, if you have a few NICs you can toss into your router or a switch that's capable of VLAN tagging, you can allocate a /48 for your tunnel and carve out extra networks and configure routing and firewalling between them. Hurricane Electric has a great set of "certifications" that you can register for and attempt to complete -- many of which will require you to set up various servers (mail, DNS, and so on) on your IPv6 space and make them accessible to the IPv6 Internet.

If you get the time to do it, running through this process will bring you up to speed and give you the basic tools you'll need to survive in a post-IPv4 world. Instead of lagging behind the curve when the IPv6 hammer falls, you'll be ready.

This article, "Build your own IPv6 lab on the cheap, part 2," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Matt Prigge's Information Overload blog and follow the latest developments in storage at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.

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