This week, a new global project was launched by the Internet Society. The Internet Society are behind a lot of things on the Internet, among them the work done in the Internet Engineering Task Force. Last year, they announced the World IPv6 Day and got a lot of web site owners involved in one day of testing dual stack on their web servers. This year, web site owners will launch dual stacks on their web servers June 6th – and keep it active. Now I dare you: Are you willing to join this effort?
June 6 is not only the National Swedish Holiday but the World IPv6 Launch day! Spend 30 minutes today considering what needs to be done, get your plan together and set it into action!
What is the World IPv6 Launch?
The World IPv6 Launch is a project where a lot of ISPs and web sites are turning on IPv6 for good. Not testing, not playing around – this time it’s for real. And they invite you to join the effort. Among the participants you will find Facebook, Google, Microsoft Bing, AT&T, Cisco, D-link and many more.
Your plan in short:
- Get IPv6 to your external network or the hosting center that runs your web site
- Get IPv6 to two of your DNS servers – or add slave DNS servers from someone else that can publish your zones over IPv6
- Activate IPv6 on your web site
- Test, test, test and fix issues with IPv6 on the site
- Celebrate your IPv6 Launch on June 6th (and eat some meatballs at Ikea to celebrate Sweden!)
The longer version:
- In order to get IPv6 you need to start with asking your Internet Service Provider. If he can’t deliver IPv6 in time, ask someone else and consider switching. If you can’t, get a tunnel. Regardless of how you do it, you will get plenty of addresses to work with.
- Get real IPv6 or a tunnel to a lab network. Set up a separate subnet that ONLY runs IPv6 and one that runs dual stack. You need this for testing.
- Set up a test web server on a dual stack connection (or if you dare, add an IPv6 address to your live site, but do not announce it in DNS until you are ready).
- If you do not add the IPv6 address in DNS, add an entry to /etc/hosts on the web browser test system for your web site
- Test the web site and all scripts you run there from an IPv6 only machine and from the dual stack machine
- Test the backend systems. If you run GeoIP to analyze the web logs – does it support IPv6. Does the statistics software you use understand IPv6? If your database logs IP address when people submit forms or interact with the web service – can the database store IPv6 addresses? There’s a lot of small issues to resolve and test.
- The firewalls and the load balancers that are placed in front of your web need to handle dual stacks. If not, can you add separate solutions for IPv6 ? Remember that you do not have to route it the same route to the web site. After all, it’s a different protocol.
- If you monitor the web site with systems like Icinga or Nagios – make sure you add tests for IPv6 reachability to the web site and from the web site to the router, like you do with IPv4.
Why do I have to test from a IPv6 only network?
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Summary: Join the World IPv6 Launch effort now!
- ISOC: World IPv6 Launch
- IPv6Friday: How to get an IPv6 address
- IPv6Friday: What is a tunnel?
- IPv6Friday: IPv6 and DNS – AAAA!
- IPv6Friday: Developing software? IPv6 needs to be part of your project
- The Internet Society: They have chapters worldwide where you can join and discuss this effort with other web masters!
- Iljitsch van Beijnum: World IPv6 Launch: this time it’s for real (Arstechnica.com)
- Internet Society: Press release
- BBC News: World IPv6 launch day set to aid net address switchover
- The Official Google Blog: IPv6 Countdown to launch