Happy World IPv6 Launch Day!

June 6th, 2012 by Chris Buechler

Today is World IPv6 Launch day, when many major websites have permanently added AAAA records to make their sites accessible via IPv6. All our sites have been IPv6-enabled (on native connectivity thanks to bluegrass.net) since last year, running behind pfSense 2.1. Many others are using the current snapshots in production networks.

We’d hoped to have 2.1 released in time for today, but getting to the point we consider full IPv6 support has taken far more work than anticipated. As has become the norm for us over the last several years, we do much more than put a GUI on things, having to implement and/or fix things in the underlying software to meet the needs of our users. There was far more to implement and fix in the underlying software than we anticipated. We have the last major piece addressed this week with CARP IPv6 support now functional. We’re just validating things at this point and fixing some last issues, with the official release coming roughly in the next 1-2 months.

IPv6 isn’t yet a critical need for most every network, but it will be getting to that point quickly. I know many IT professionals have been ignoring it, but it’s time to get up to speed for those who haven’t yet. I encourage everyone to at least start experimenting with it at home if you haven’t yet. For the bulk of us who don’t have an option for native IPv6 at home, our Using IPv6 on 2.1 with a Tunnel Broker document will get you going.

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6 Responses to “Happy World IPv6 Launch Day!”

  1. Thomas Hoffecker Says:

    Happy IPv6 World Launch Day!!!

  2. Dan Lundqvist Says:

    I am testing the IPv6 locally now taking some baby-steps to understand the concept and re-learn the thinking process of addressing and inner working compared to the traditional IPv4. But I’m slowly getting there. :-)

    Have just tested stateless-config, enabled RA, Managed-mode with DHCP and got the client to lease an IP (however with some strange behavior reported in forum), ping machine to machine, tested an IPv6 aware FTP-server etc.

    So far so good… Will continue to experiment with it.

    Dan Lundqvist
    Stockholm/Sweden

  3. Paul M Says:

    am eagerly awaiting 2.1 release because I have a shiny pair of HP DL180 servers running pfsense 2.0.1 needing an upgrade and a /48 to configure.

  4. Andrea Says:

    awaiting 2.1 release! pfsense team are great!

  5. Darryl Mackay Says:

    Hi all,

    I had managed to get IPV6 tunnelling running with hurricane.net as a tunnel broker on an Intel Medocino 433MHz with 768MB of RAM, 2 Seagate 30GB disks in a RAID1 configuration, 3 NICs, Squid, Dansguardian and SARG without it missing a beat.

    Great work to the team and keep it up.

  6. dargoner Says:

    oo , i wait 2.1 release

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