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.
For some time I’ve been interested in IPv6(Internet Protocol version 6). I first heard about it while doing a TCP/IP module as part of an MCSE certification back in 1999. Back then IPv6 was in its infancy but Linux had experimental support for it. At the time, there wasn’t much info available, so while it interested me, I stuck to getting to know IPv4(Internet Protocol version 4) better.
Fast forward to 2007. I saw an announcement, somewhere on the net, saying that the AfriNIC meeting would be happening in Durban that year and there would be an IPv6 training workshop that would be run on the few days leading up to the meeting. Well, I managed to get my employer to pay for me to go and it was great. We had trainers from around the world, one of which was from Cisco, that came to teach us a about IPv6. There was a nice pile of Cisco routers and goodies in the corner that we got to play with too. After the 3 or 4 days(I can’t remember , it was almost 4 years ago) of training, I had a much better idea of what IPv6 was about and I experimented a little with it, but again, put it one side since there wasn’t a big need for it in my day to day life.
Over the last few years, I’ve mentioned IPv6 to a number of groups I’ve been involved with and guys have asked me to present talks about it, but they never happened. At the January Durban ISG/White Hat meeting, I was again asked to present on IPv6 and I said I would. During preliminary preparation for the talk I found out that there will be an IPv6 day on June 8 2011. So last week I committed to presenting a talk about IPv6 for the Durban ISG/White Hat group on 14 April so that everyone has time to get themselves ready for June 8.
As part of my preperations for the talk, I am also working on getting the Hurricane Electric IPv6 Certification. It’s prety easy to do if you are used to setting up web, mail and DNS servers, and its loads of fun.
Anyway, I’ll be posting bits of info over the coming weeks about IPv6 and how to set it up. Hopefully I don’t bore too many of you and hopefully I get some of you at least partially as excited about this “new” protocol as I am.