If you've had your focus turned from the news lately, here's a quick update.The last of the IPv4 addresses have finally been allocated as can be read about here, here, and here. What does that mean for all of us network engineers out there? Time to actually sit down and start learning IPv6.
Now, even though the final blocks of IPv4 spaces were allocated, it doesn't mean the Internet is going to stop, or even slow down because of that fact. Several /8 address pools were allocated which means they still have to be put to use in provider networks and handed out to consumers.
I view this news as similar to the new year. People gather around and celebrate the digits in the year rolling to the next sequential number. Yay, a new number! It's kind of silly in a way, but we do it to help put a close to an era (last year) and look ahead to the future (and help keep track of time). Similarly, IPv6 is coming, we all know it, so let's acknowledge it and embrace it. We've got a little bit of time before we're forced to configure an interface with a v6 address, so let's get practicing.
I've found some resources to help you in your endeavors to be the next IPv6 configuration master. Read on for the list and feel free to post links to your favorite IPv6 reference guides and training resources!