Operational IPv6

This course gives the students a jump start into the world of IPv6. The class takes students who already knows IPv4, and methodically illustrates what is different in IPv6. Students are taken through all the major difference in IPv6, as well as how these differences allow for a more efficient Internet. All the while, the course highlighting the similarities between IPv6 and IPv4 to tie new concepts to old ones.

The class starts with an overview of the new IPv6 address architecture, which leads straight into Subneting in IPv6. Following that, some time is spent looking at each of the communication schemes: Unicast, Multicast, Anycast. Lastly, the class finishes by examining each tenant of the Neighbor Discovery Protocol (NDP).

By the end of this class, the student will be able to:

  • Recognize and Describe the architecture of an IPv6 address
  • Subnet larger IPv6 networks into smaller IPv6 networks
  • Understand the different types of Unicast addresses (Link Local, Global Unicast, Unique-Local)
  • Understand how Multicast is expanded and improved by IPv6
  • Know the reserved Multicast addresses for All Nodes and All Routers on the local Subnet
  • Understand the significance of the Solicited Node Multicast address
  • Describe the tenants of Neighbor Discovery Protocol (NDP)
  • Describe Stateless Auto Address Configuration (SLAAC)
  • Describe Duplicate Address Detection (DAD)
  • Describe Address Resolution in IPv6 and how it differs from ARP in IPv4
  • Know the different message types that encompass NDP
No scheduled public classes.
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1 day / 8 hours
Delivery Format:
Physical Classroom
Virtual – Live delivery
Target Audience

Any engineer who works with and deploys IPv6


Students should be familiar with IPv4 and its operation. No prior IPv6 knowledge is required.



  • IPv6 Address Architecture
    • Definitions
    • Address Architecture
    • Abbreviation
    • Subnet Masks vs Prefix Length
    • Subnet Prefix vs Interface ID (Network and Host portion of address)
    • EUI-64
    • Privacy Extensions
  • Subneting with IPv6
    • Comparison to IPv4
    • Counting in Decimal
    • Counting in Binary
    • Counting in Hexadecimal
    • IPv4 Subnetting Rules that apply in IPv6
    • Bit Boundaries in IPv4
    • Bit Boundaries in IPv6
    • IPv6 Subnetting Methodology
    • IPv6 Subnetting Shortcut
  • Unicast
    • Reserved Addresses
    • Link-Local Unicast
    • Global Unicast
    • Unique-Local Address space (ULA)
  • Multicast
    • Flags
    • Scope
    • Reserved Multicast Addresses
    • Multicast MAC Address
    • Multicast Listener Discovery
    • Solicited-Node Multicast Address
  • Anycast
    • Definition and Comparison to iPv4
  • Neighbor Discovery Protocol
    • ICMPv6 Messages
      • Router Advertisement
      • Router Solicitation
      • Neighbor Advertisement
      • Neighbor Solicitation
    • Neighbor Discovery
    • Router Discovery
    • Prefix and Parameter Discovery
    • Next-Hop Determination
    • Duplicate Address Detection
    • IPv6 Auto-Configuration (SLAAC)
    • Address Resolution (ARP in IPv6)
    • ICMP Redirect
    • Neighbor Unreachability Detection
      • Incomplete
      • Reachable
      • Stale
      • Delay
      • Probe
    • Neighbor Discovery Messages
      • ICMPv6
      • NDP Messages
      • Router Advertisement
      • Router Solicitation
      • Neighbor Advertisement
      • Neighbor Solicitation
      • Redirect