Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Post Interop Las Vegas - 2015 - IPv6, SanDisk and Tech Field Day - What more could you want?

I had a great time in Las Vegas at Interop and was thrilled so many folks attended my IPv6 workshop. To top it off, my workshop made the top 8 list for this year, so may thanks to those that filled out the surveys and for the positive scores too. You can see all the other great workshop presenters and topics on the InformationWeek site. They also published the top 10 session for the regular Interop conference (I did not present a session this year, only the 4 hour workshop) and that can be found on the InformationWeek site also.

In addition to all the Interop activities, I also was able to participate in some Tech Field Day fun with my friends Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth. I sat in on an interesting SanDisk presentation that you can check out on YouTube. What was particularly enlightening for me was how the storage industry is being turned upside down right now, just in a totally different way than what is happening in networking. I think this is really impactful because those are two of the three major pillars on which virtualization and cloud sit atop. What long term effect this will have is debatable but SanDisk sure does seem to be thinking ahead about how companies can change how they leverage their storage. It is worth watching, especially since they take the time to explain things so even a network engineer like me can understand what the heck is going on.

There were also a few Tech Field Day Extras - specifically Roundtables about white box switches and my favorite topic, IPv6. You can check those out on the Tech Field Day website.

Overall, I was very happy with the time I invested in attending Interop. I saw so many friends and colleagues at the event. It really has a lot of fantastic industry people attending, speaking, sponsoring and working the expo floor. I would encourage you to add Interop to your conference list if it isn't on there already. Join me in Las Vegas next year for Interop, I plan on being there!
- Ed

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Interop - Las Vegas - How to Get Up and Running With IPv6 -- Without Destroying Your IPv4 Network!


I have been building out the content for my workshop at Interop in Las Vegas at the end of April and I am pretty excited about what I get to cover for folks attending. I will be doing a workshop titled "How to Get Up and Running With IPv6 -- Without Destroying Your IPv4 Network!" and (no surprise) it is how to really start using IPv6. I encourage you to sign up for my workshop and for Interop, it is a great show and the individuals presenting and running the event are really unique industry insiders. You can get a registration discount of 25% by using SPEAKERVIP! when registering for the event. You have until Friday, April 25th to use that code, after that you pay full price! My workshop is on Monday, April 27th from 1 to 4:30PM followed by a small reception.

To give you a taste, here are some of the items I will cover:
The Big Picture - You need an IPv6 Plan
 Assessment, Training, Planning and Design, Proof of Concept, Deployment

Worksheets for the following:
 Fundamentals, Addressing, Prefix, DHCPv6, DNS, Happy Eyeballs, Mobile and Cloud

Additional overview worksheets on:
Technical and Operational Worksheet
Planning and Design Worksheet

Also, review of key design differences between IPv6 and IPv4 covering things like:
Network address planning
Where is my NAT?
Protocol translation - transition technologies

Finally, wrap up with some demos and a limited lab (due to resource constraints)

And my Interop abstract (so you know what is published) is:
The most common IPv6 deployment is in conjunction with an existing IPv4 network. However, knowing the operational differences between IPv4 and IPv6 can be difficult, and understanding how hosts on your network will behave can be an even bigger challenge.

This workshop focuses on getting IPv6 up and working on an existing IPv4 network, including how to understand what you've deployed and how to use some common tools with IPv6. We'll look at typical frustrations such as setting the right IPv6 Router Advertisement flags, DHCPv6 settings, how ICMPv6 will impact your IPv6 deployment, and much more!

Attendees will:
  • Learn how to set up and configure IPv6
  • Determine the best operational settings for IPv6
  • Look into common dual-stack challenges
  • Review common tools to understand how IPv6 affects OS behavior

Who should attend:
  • Network, security, storage, system and virtualization administrators, architects and designers who run and maintain IPv4 infrastructure and are looking to add IPv6. Also, those looking to build labs, proof of concepts or smaller deployments with IPv6.

I look forward to seeing you at Interop, please don't be shy to come up and introduce yourself to me if you see me at the event. Also, I am more than happy to sign copies of my book if you happen to have it with you. I will have a few I will be giving away during my workshop too!
- Ed

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

RunAs Radio Show 411 - IPv6 in 2014

I was lucky enough to talk with Richard Campbell about IPv6 and how things had gone in 2014. We chat about a variety of things related to IPv6 and it is always and honor and great fun to be on RunAs Radio. Check out the show yourself at the RunAs Radio website.
- Ed

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Posts on Infoblox IPv6 COE

I've been busy generating content for others and my blog has suffered as of late, I apologize for that. I do have some posts that might be of interest over on the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence Community Blog site. Specifically, I have kicked off the year talking about what tasks you need to do for your IPv6 plan. I will update this post as the remaining blog posts come out.

The first was an overview talking about having a plan and can be found at:

The next addresses assessments:

There will be future posts that cover the following:
Planning and Design
Proof of Concept

I have also been busy developing a Pluralsight course on, surprise, IPv6. I will post a link to that once it is completed. Don't forget you can always pick up my book if you want more in-depth knowledge around IPv6 and Windows. My book is available on Amazon in print or kindle at http://tinyurl.com/Practical-IPv6 - if you like the book please leave me a review, I'm always interested in hearing back from readers.

In the mean time, I will try and add some more content around private cloud, automation and containers as I have been spending time working and exploring those topics for work.
- Ed

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

How IPv6 Impacts Private Cloud Deployments from Microsoft TechEd, Houston 2014

My presentation from Microsoft TechEd in Houston (last US TechEd since it is now Ignite) is available on YouTube, in addition to Channel9, so if you have some time and want to hear the impacts of IPv6 on Private Cloud jump over and watch or you can play it from the embedded video below.

If you want a copy of the slides you can download them from the Channel 9 link along with the video itself too if you want to watch it while offline.
- Ed