Last week I mentioned a bit out IPv6 and that I was working on getting the Hurricane Electric Free IPv6 Certification. Well on Friday last week I completed the last tests, earning me a T-shirt and a neat little badge to put on my website(see below). I’m not sure how many brownie points this sort of cert would earn you in a job interview, but its fun and it proves that you know enough to get IPv6 working.
According to http://ipv6.he.net/certification/
“Users say that the Hurricane Electric Free IPv6 certification service is both entertaining and educational.
We aim to provide you with something to do after your first IPv6 ping.”
It took me about a week to complete all the steps, mainly because my DNS is currently hosted with Xname.org so changes to DNS records tend to take about a day to happen. If you have a reasonable amount of sysadmin knowledge and can configure things like web servers, DNS and mail, then you should be able to complete this in no time. Parts of the test are practical things like configuring your DNS and mail server to accept connections from IPv6 hosts. Other parts are answering multiple choice questions to demonstrate your knowledge of IPv6 and the tools used to manage it.
The kind people at Hurricane Electric have put together some handy video tutorials to help you through the certification process. They also offer free Tunnelbroker and DNS services for those who don’t have native IPv6 connectivity or DNS servers.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking at learning IPv6, and with the deletion of the IANA’s IPv4 pool at the end of January, that means everyone. Even if it doesn’t score you any brownie points at work, at least you get a free t-shirt out of it.
Before I go, I just want to remind everyone that I will be doing a talk on IPv6 on 14 April. I will most details about where it will be when I have them.