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IPv6 Fundamentals: A Straightforward Approach to Understanding IPv6, 2nd Edition


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  • Takes students on a journey from the absolute basics of IPv6 to successful operation and implementation: explains everything, and leaves no confusing gaps in understanding
  • Uses a single consistent topology throughout, to promote comprehension
  • Written by one of the Cisco Networking Academy's most popular and experienced instructors, reflecting extensive classroom experience

  • Copyright 2017
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 688
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 1-58714-477-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58714-477-6

Organizations are increasingly transitioning to IPv6, the next generation protocol for defining how devices of all kinds communicate over networks. Now fully updated, IPv6 Fundamentals offers a thorough, friendly, and easy-to-understand introduction to the knowledge and skills you need to deploy and operate IPv6 networks.

Leading networking instructor Rick Graziani explains all the basics simply and clearly, step-by-step, providing all the details you’ll need to succeed. You’ll learn why IPv6 is necessary, how it was created, how it works, and how it has become the protocol of choice in environments ranging from cloud to mobile and IoT.

Graziani thoroughly introduces IPv6 addressing, configuration options, and routing protocols, including EIGRP for IPv6, and OSPFv3 (traditional configuration and with address families). Building on this coverage, he then includes more in-depth information involving these protocols and processes.

This edition contains a completely revamped discussion of deploying IPv6 in your network, including IPv6/IPv4 integration, dynamic address allocation, and understanding IPv6 from the perspective of the network and host. You’ll also find improved coverage of key topics such as Stateless Address Autoconfiguration (SLAAC), DHCPv6, and the advantages of the solicited node multicast address.

Throughout, Graziani presents command syntax for Cisco IOS, Windows, Linux, and Mac OS, as well as many examples, diagrams, configuration tips, and updated links to white papers and official RFCs for even deeper understanding.

  • Learn how IPv6 supports modern networks encompassing the cloud, mobile, IoT, and gaming devices 
  • Compare IPv6 with IPv4 to see what has changed and what hasn’t 
  • Understand and represent IPv6 addresses for unicast, multicast, and anycast environments 
  • Master all facets of dynamic IPv6 address allocation with SLAAC, stateless DHCPv6, and stateful DHCPv6 
  • Understand all the features of deploying IPv6 addresses in the network including temporary addresses and the privacy extension 
  • Improve operations by leveraging major enhancements built into ICMPv6 and ICMPv6 Neighbor Discovery Protocol 
  • Configure IPv6 addressing and Access Control Lists using a common topology 
  • Implement routing of IPv6 packets via static routing, EIGRP for IPv6, and OSPFv3 
  • Walk step-by-step through deploying IPv6 in existing networks, and coexisting with or transitioning from IPv4

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction and overview to IPv6
2. Basics of IPv6

3. Comparing IPv4 and IPv6

IPv6 Addresses

4. IPv6 Address Format and Address Types
5. IPv6 Global Unicast Addresses
6. IPv6 Link-Local Addresses
7. IPv6 Multicast Addresses

Dynamic IPv6 Addressing

8. Dynamic IPv6 Addressing Basics
9. SLAAC (Stateless Address Autoconfiguration)
10. Stateless DHCPv6
11. Stateful DHCPv6
12. DHCPv6 Prefix-Delegation — Home Networks and IPv6 Address Allocation

ICMPv6 and ICMPv6 Neighbor Discovery

13. ICMPv6
14. ICMPv6 ND (Neighbor Discovery)


Routing IPv6

15. IPv6 Routing Tables and Static Routes
16. EIGRP for IPv6 and Named EIGRP Configuration
17. OSPFv3 (OSPFv3 and OSPFv3 with Address Families)

Implementing IPv6

18. IPv6 Address Planning

19. IPv6 In the LAN
20. Transitioning to IPv6


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