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Book Description

Migrating to IPv6: A Practical Guide for Mobile and Fixed Networks
Marc Blanchet
John Wiley & Sons
Publication Date
November 2005
Vint Cerf
Technical Reviewer
Jun-ichiro itojun Hagino
Endorsed by IPv6Forum
Understand IPv6, the protocol essential to future Internet growth.

Exhaustion of address space and global routing table growth necessitate important revisions to the current version of the Internet Protocol, IPv4.  IP version 6 offers greater address space and additional features to support the evolving requirements of Internet applications. Deployed alongside current IPv4 networks, IPv6 will restore the full-fledge network necessary for Internet growth.

Migrating to IPv6 gives a comprehensive overview of IPv6 and related protocols, the layers below IPv6 to the application and end-user layers.  Author Marc Blanchet offers a direct and clear route to understanding the topic, taking a top-down approach and ordering topics by relevance. Tried and tested practical techniques and advice on implementation, applications and deployment provide ‘how-to’ information on everything you need to know to put the technology to work.

Migrating to IPv6:
    * Provides a complete, up-to-date, in-depth, and accessible practical guide to IPv6.
    * Demonstrates the theory with practical and generic examples and major implementation configurations, such as Windows, FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, Cisco, Juniper and Hexago.
    * Provides a comprehensive reference to key data structures and packet formats.
    * Summarizes topics in table and graphical form to give fast access to information, including over 200 figures.
    * Offers an accompanying website with extra coverage of specific topics, information on additional protocols and specifications, and updates on new features.

This text will give network engineers, managers and operators, software engineers and IT professionals and analysts a thorough understanding of IPv6.
Author biography
Marc Blanchet is President of Viagénie, a consulting and R&D firm in advanced network technologies. Before, Marc was co-founder, President and CTO at Hexago (from 2002-2005). Hexago sells IPv6 deployment products which implements the TSP tunnel broker. Hexago is a spin-off of Viagénie, known for the 6tap exchange point, Normos, freenet6, the Tunnel Setup Protocol and other IPv6 initiatives, as well as Wavelength Disk Drive, Optical BGP and other advanced network technologies, all of which he was co-architect and co-implementor. Before Hexago, Marc was President of Viagénie (from 1996-2002), where he helps enterprises, governments and providers in network security and advanced networks. Before Viagénie, Marc worked for the Nortel R&D division and for Laval university managing engineering department networks.
Marc co-founded the IPv6Forum, is member of the board and technical directorate. He is also director and member of the steering committee of the North American IPv6 task force. Marc was co-chair of the internationalized domain names (idn) IETF working group and co-chair of the IPv6 exchanges ad hoc working group. He wrote several IETF drafts and RFC in both IPv6(RFC3531) and idn (RFC3454, RFC3491) fields. Since 1999, he has been delivering IPv6 tutorial at conferences such as Networld-Interop, INET, IPv6Forum, 3G, Security and to organizations, taught to many thousand people and co-authored the Cisco IPv6 course.  Marc wrote "Migrating to IPv6" book, published by Wiley (2006), "TCP/IP Simplifié" book, published by Éditions Logiques(1997,1999), and was technical editor of "IP addressing and subnetting", published by Syngress (2000).
Marc received a master's degree in electrical engineering from Laval University.
Marc, as author of this book, can be reached at
Online buying information
Wiley, Amazon(US,JP, FR, CA), Barnes-Noble, Archambault/Camelot (Québec, Canada)
Table of contents
Table of Contents

Reviewers Quotes

"IPv6 is the 21st Century Internet Protocol. Marc spent a good part of his life pioneering with IPv6 as co-founder of the IPv6 Forum and board member and his book is what every engineer on this planet is mandated to read to become the most advanced New Internet engineer." Latif Ladid
President, IPv6 Forum Chair, European IPv6 Task Force
"This book is a thorough and logical engineer's walk through the universe of IPv6, ideal for those who need a good technical understanding of the future Internet protocol." Brian E Carpenter
IETF Chair,
Distinguished Engineer Internet Standards & Technology, IBM
"There are many books on IPv6, but this is certainly the best I've read so far. Marc has managed to take a wealth of material describing all aspects of the next generation of IP technology and turn it into a thoroughly readable book. His approach in this book has both breadth of coverage and also careful attention to detail that any network engineer or system administrator will appreciate. If Marc's aim was to produce both a learning resource and a reference book, then he has succeeded on both counts here. This book will be an invaluable and reliable assistant if your task is to make IPv6 work in your network."
Geoff Huston
Author of the "ISP Survival Guide",
Senior Internet Researcher
Asia Pacific Network Information Centre
"Readable, comprehensive, and well documented, Migrating to IPv6 is destined to be the premier IPv6 text. Marc Blanchet's long involvement in the IPv6 community, active contribution to standards, and extensive practical experience implementing IPv6 bring an authority seldom found in other IPv6 books."
Jeff Doyle
Senior Network Architect
Juniper Networks
"This book is one of the most comprehensive technology in depth books I have read over the many years regarding IPv6.  It provides a new view and perspective, relating the most recent IPv6 features and capabilities to the reader, that will benefit the engineer, architect, technologist, or a network manager, and is an important reference book for anyone that transitions to IPv6." Jim Bound
CTO, IPv6 Forum
Chair, North American IPv6 Task Force
HP Fellow
"IPv6 will revolutionize IP networking over the next 10 years, and learning about its features and deployment today will put anyone working in IT at significant advantage.  Marc's writing style is clear and concise, and this an excellent book for every IT worker - network guru's through engineering management." John Spence
"This is an excellent book for hands-on users such as system implementers, researchers, and network administrators who need an in-depth understanding of the new IPv6 protocol. I intend to buy copies of this book for our researchers, implementers, and customers working with IPv6." David Green
CERDEC Site Manager
SRI International
"A must have companion to take the first steps on the road to an IP converged networking world  of  fixed and mobile voice, data, gaming, radio, music, television,  location based services etc.  An era of  sensors,  RFID,  home networks, plug and play, ad-hoc networks,  home networks,  Networks in Motion,  multicast IP TV,  Grid computing,  end to end secure VPN's, IP based QoS and many others.  The on-line complement to the book should add a further dimension to this companion on the way to IPv6 and even more importantly, the resulting new service and revenue opportunities. "
Yves Poppe
Director IP Strategy
"An excellent balance between theory and applied knowledge, this book serves as both a guide and a reference for people looking to bring their networks and systems into the IPv6 world."
William Fernando Maton Sotomayor
Senior Project Manager and Network Engineer
Advanced Infrastructures
National Research Council of Canada
"Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is ready, it works, and there is great momentum in migrating to IPv6.  Finally there is a book written by a world class engineer, Marc Blanchet, who has been in the IPv6 trenches over the past 15 years - designing, building, deploying, utilizing, and managing IPv6 networks.  It is that breadth of experience that makes Marc Blanchet’s  “Migrating to IPv6” an excellent and insightful guide to IPv6.  “Migrating to IPv6” contains a wide variety of deployment examples that detail how to apply IPv6 in real-world networks –fixed and mobile, as well as a skillful primer focused on “how-to” deploy, utilize and use IPv6 in day-to-day network activities.  There are numerous complexities in bridging IPv6 networks to IPv4 networks.  “Migrating to IPv6” focuses on how to use IPv6 in real-world intranet and Internet-wide applications and serves as an excellent resource on managing the co-existence of IPv4 and IPv6 infrastructures. " Carl Williams
Senior Architect and IP Lead
"Migrating to IPv6 is a timely book because the tipping point of IPv6 usage is imminent as DOD and the Agencies begin deploying network centric applications.  With the need for end-to-end services over a wide variety of fixed and mobile subnetworks, IPv6's Flow Label, not found in the existing IPv4 protocol, becomes an indispensable tool for facilitating an end-to-end Quality of Service (QOS).  In stark contrast to wide area networks having plenty of unused capacity to accommodate variable traffic flows, the wireless networks, including tactical, must have the means to identify flows in which to apply a QOS policy - and IPv6 offers the only solution. Thus, with growing agility and network-centricity needs driven by DOD Transformation and Agencies' adopting of Enterprise Architectures, the need for IPv6 is evident.  Marc Blanchet provides the network engineer a thorough description of implementation issues, configuration options and troubleshooting advice.  The rich use of illustrations and configuration examples provides the reader an invaluable benefit.  Accordingly, this book will become a staple of networking engineers for years to come. " Bob Collet
Chief Engineer
VP of Engineering, Transformation, Training and Logistics Group, Science Applications Corporation Inc
"Forget the technical stuff, here is the real deal... IPv6 in all its parts and promise! Kudos to Blanchet for writing a thoroughly IPv6 kind of book!!" Bob Fink
co-conspirator of the 6bone
former co-chair of IETF ngtrans working group.
"Ayant une longue expérience dans le monde pédagogique (ancien professeur en Université et dans des Ecoles d'ingénieurs de télécommunications à Paris) et une longue expérience aussi bien dans l'industrie des télécommunications que dans le monde des opérateurs, je dois reconnaître que Marc Banchet, à travers cet excellent ouvrage "Migration to IPv6", a réussi une formidable performance.

  Trois ingrédients au moins étaient nécessaires pour réussir cette alchimie et Marc est parmi ces rares spécialistes à en détenir le secret:
- une parfaite connaissance et maîtrise des normes et standards IPv6 pour être en mesure d'en tirer l'essentiel et en proposer une reformulation simple et non simpliste au lecteur non averti.  De ce point de vue, Marc en tant que pionnier dans la standardisation IPv6 a toute l'envergure et l'épaisseur scientifique.
Car il faut bien reconnaître que les RFCs sont certes des "ouvres d'art technique"cependant conçus par des artistes/experts pour des admirateurs/experts. Ce sont des fresques où le "pinceau pédagogique" n'a presque pas droit de cité. Et pourtant, la "galerie" de l'IETF et la "salle IPv6" en particulier, intéressent toute la société et l'économie basées sur l'information et la connaissance. Dommage, il n'y a ni guide ni mode d'emploi! Marc, à sa manière,  vient précisément par son ouvrage combler ce déficit. C'est donc non seulement un énorme service qu'il rend à la communauté des utilisateurs au sens large (étudiants, industriels, ingénieurs, opérateurs, entreprises, développeurs), mais aussi à la communauté des normalisateurs elle-même!

- une expérience dans la mise au banc d'essai de ces RFCs sur IPv6 afin de rapprocher le monde des standards du monde pré-industriel et pré-commercial à travers des implémentations et des développements de produits et services pour des utilisateurs potentiels. On passe ainsi de la théorie à la pratique.  Pour cela, une capacité et une expérience dans la connaissance des besoins de ces clients potentiels est primordiale. Là encore, Marc en tant que fondateur de la société Hexago ciblée sur le produits IPv6, a convaincu le marché des opérateurs télécoms et des entreprises que la migration vers IPv6, devenue une nécessité, pouvait se faire via des produits fiables et sécurisés, disponible sur étagère et à des coûts raisonnables. Toujours dans un souci d'aider l'utilisateur à toucher la réalité concrète d'IPv6, Marc expose dans son ouvrage, "les marques de fabrique" et implémentations d'autres constructeurs.  C'est une réponse au besoin de diversité et donc d'interopérabilité critères cruciaux en tout cas pour les grands opérateurs et grandes entreprises.

- un souci pointu de la pédagogie et un style. C'est la partie scénario et  mise en scène de l'ouvrage. Je dois dire que Marc a réussi cette épreuve oh combien difficile et épineuse et qui demande un investissement considérable. C'est  la partie tant redoutée par l'écrivain car elle le met face à face avec son lecteur et donc à son jugement. Quand on lit l'ouvrage, on comprend très vite que Marc a délibérément mis le lecteur au centre de ses préoccupations. C'est l'aboutissement entre autre de l'investissement que Marc a fait pour la communauté IPv6 à travers ses tutoriaux et autres actions de dissémination.

Le produit fini est un chef-d'ouvre. Bravo Marc et merci pour ce beau cadeau!"
Tayeb Ben Meriem Director
IPv6 Skill Center
France Telecom R&D
Ton livre est probablement le meilleur livre technique que j'ai lu,  combinant théorie et pratique astucieusement.  La tortue bouge!  :-)
René Hatem
Chief Engineer

Book Content Information

Quick Reference Cards (not in the book)

  • IPv6 Quick Reference (short) (TBD)
  • IPv6 Quick Reference (long) (TBD)
  • Network Programming API IPv6 Quick Reference (TBD)
  • MobileIPv6 Terminology (TBD)
  • Apple MacOS X IPv6 Quick Reference (TBD)
  • BSD OS (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD) IPv6 Quick Reference (TBD)
  • Cisco IOS IPv6 Quick Reference (TBD)
  • Hexago HexOS IPv6 Quick Reference (TBD)
  • Juniper JunOS IPv6 Quick Reference (TBD)
  • Microsoft Windows IPv6 Quick Reference (TBD)
  • Redhat Linux IPv6 Quick Reference (TBD)
  • Sun Solaris IPv6 Quick Reference (TBD)

Additional Content (not in the book)

  • Categorized list of IPv6 RFCs (TBD)
  • IPv4 NAT types(see book sections 1.2.1, 16.2.7 and (TBD)
  • Less used or deprecated transition mechanisms (see book section 17.2) (TBD)
  • Provider deployment scenarios (see book section 23.9.6) (TBD)
  • Enterprise deployment scenarios (see book section 23.9.5) (TBD)
  • Default IP Address Selection (see book section 8.6) (TBD)
  • Multihoming (see book section 9.2.5) (TBD)
  • IPv6 Protocols Packet Formats (TBD)
  • Multicast advanced (see book chapter 15) (TBD)
  • MobileIPv6 advanced (see book chapter 11) (TBD)


Copyright 2005-2006 Marc Blanchet.