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Network World - By now, you’ve heard that ARIN has (more or less) run out of IPv4 addresses and the time has come for mass migration to IPv6. If you are a Windows shop, the good news is that Microsoft has been preparing for IPv6 for years and almost all of the latest Microsoft wares support it. Some, such as Windows Server 2008 R2, depend heavily on it for certain features.
But that doesn’t mean firing up IPv6 in a Windows environment will be effortless. For now, most organizations will need to build a dual-protocol network that will support both Internet Protocols, old and new, at least until the time when most of the world moves to support IPv6, likely a couple of years away.
No worries. Microsoft guru Rand Morimoto has come to the rescue with a comprehensive series of technical articles covering everything on setting up an IPv6 network with Windows and other Microsoft products, from the basics to the details. This edition of Instant Expert has compiled his series into a free, easy-to-read, 19-page PDF.
Morimoto has been in the computer industry for more than 30 years and has authored, co-authored, or been a contributing writer for a couple dozen books on Microsoft Windows, Security, Exchange email, BizTalk Server, and remote and mobile computing. Morimoto is president of Convergent Computing, an IT consulting firm that has been one of the early adopter partners with Microsoft, implementing beta versions of Microsoft technologies two to three years before the product is released. This provides Morimoto with extensive knowledge on the technologies, even before they are on the market.
Besides speaking at more than 50 conferences and conventions worldwide on tips, tricks, and best practices on planning, migrating, and implementing technologies, Rand is also head judge for the worldwide Imagine Cup competition. All that is to say that Morimoto is well equipped to help you bring your Microsoft Network into alignment with the next version of the Internet.
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