Friday, September 30, 2011

Some IPv6 humor

Ethan Banks (@ecbanks) tweeted this out and I thought it was amusing and wanted to keep a link to it so here it is for your amusement:

It hits home about some of the challenges around discussing IPv6.
- Ed

Friday, September 23, 2011

PacITPros LA IPv6 Presentation Follow Up, Cisco ACE supporting IPv6 and gogoNETLive!2 IPv6 Conference

Thank you to all who showed up to see me present at the Los Angeles Pacific IT Professionals User Group meeting on Tuesday. The crowd was wonderful and asked some great questions about IPv6.

We ended up changing the topic a bit at the last minute for the meeting to better tailor the content to those who were signed up to attend. As a result, the presentation was titled "The What, Why and When of IPv6 - should I even care?" and the presentation was focused on the basics of IPv6, what is it, why should I care about it and when it affect you or your clients. It covered some basic background about the IPv6 protocol, what products and technologies are utilizing it today and how that impacts what you do as an IT Professional. The presentation is available to download from the user group's MeetUp site - just register and you can download it. Lots of thanks to Microsoft MVP Jessica DeVita who hosts and runs the meetings, she did a wonderful job as always and to Microsoft MVP Richard Hicks who presented on DirectAccess immediately after me.

Also, Cisco made up some IPv6 ground in their ACE platform with their new code release announcement on the Sept 20th. As of ACE A5(1.0) which added some much needed IPv6 features. Shannon McFarland has a great write up on his blog so I won't bother repeating it. I do now have to modify my support statements about ACE and IPv6 so for those Cisco SE's who have seen my presentations in the past please read the release notes and Shannon's blog - it will clear up a lot of items.

To round things out, the gogoNETLive!2 IPv6 conference is open for registration now. The conference is Nov 1-3rd and if you sign up prior to Oct 1st and use the discount code "earlybird" you can get 25% off. If you are a student simply use the code "student" and you will get 75% off - you need a valid student ID to show at the time of the conference or you will be charged the full price. The line up of presenters is great and they will be adding more! This conference will be worth both your time and money to attend.
- Ed

Monday, September 12, 2011

Presenting in Los Angeles on Deploying IPv6 in Microsoft Enterprise Networks

On Tuesday, September 20th at 6pm I will be in downtown Los Angeles at the Pacific IT Professionals User Group meeting presenting on Deploying IPv6 in a Microsoft Enterprise Network. In addition, Richard Hicks (fellow MVP) will be presenting on DirectAccess. I'm excited that Jessica DeVita (another MVP!) who runs the group invited me to come and present. If you are in Los Angeles and want to come join us the event is free to attend and you can sign up at their MeetUp site.

I will post the presentation after the event, I'm still updating some of the content. A quick abstract for my presentation.

Abstract: The presentation is focused on the basic deployment items that system and network administrators need to pay attention to for Enterprises networks that are primarily Microsoft focused. Topics covered include default IPv6 behavior of different Windows OS's, when transition technologies are enabled, what Microsoft products will use IPv6 and deployment guide modifications for Exchange, DirectAccess, Forefront UAG and TMG. In addition, if time allows, some design challenges around DHCP and DNS and how Windows 7 will behave vs Apple OSX or Linux implementations.

Hope to see you there!
- Ed Horley - Microsoft MVP - Windows IT Pro