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Analyze your present infrastructure carefully

Before starting your migration to IPv6, you have to analyze your infrastructure and find out how much of it is actually compatible with IPv6. If you think judging your routers, switches and network cards will be enough, you are very wrong. You have to find all infrastructure IPv4 addresses in your network, details of where they are referred to in all applications, and a list of all DNS mappings. This analysis would show if your present external DNS provider supports IPv6 and if the infrastructure devices support IPv6.

You have to make sure every operating system and anything related to networking has to support IPv6. Many older versions of software might not support it, hence you will have to update that too. Make a list of all the parts that are incompatible and upgrade those before you start the shift to IPv6. Any sort of conflict between IPv6 and your network might result in a slower transition or even an unsuccessful one.

Perform an IPv6 cost-benefit analysis

Obviously, any form of transformation or change requires money. Shifting to IPv6 and preparing for it, both are going to require some investments. Hence, it is ideal to perform an IPv6 cost-benefit analysis before actually starting the preparation.

After you are done analyzing your infrastructure and have your list of changes needed, calculate how much money is needed and prepare the benefits you are getting for it. All the stakeholders have to receive it and understand it fully so that they get the complete idea of why this is needed. This report will prevent the migration from being canceled halfway through, which happens to be the case for many enterprises. Many business owners start questioning the purpose and benefits of the expensive transition after it begins and ends up ordering it to be stopped.

Hence, a complete cost-benefit analysis will help the migration stay on track and will also allow the management to collect sufficient resources and funds.

Create a test lab

When you are done with your preparations, it is best to start segment by segment. Even before that, it is better to start by experimenting with a test environment to make sure the implementation of IPv6 is being done properly and is not causing any clashes with hardware or applications. The test lab should simulate the fundamental operations of the enterprise so that the results obtained are reliable.

Draft an IPv6 plan

Once you are done testing and experimenting, write out a fool-proof plan about how you want to implement IPv6. IPv6 is not an improvement from IPv4 only for the increased number of addresses it provides, but also for the many new features it offers! IPv6 has many operational features which can be used to make networking easier and simpler, hence you should try to use as many of those features as you can. Experts suggest that you should get to know about the features of IPv6 in details so that you can use it to the fullest. Moreover, you should utilize your analysis to improvise on how your network operates, as you probably will not be checking it so thoroughly anytime soon again.

Finally, implement IPv6

After you have all your resources ready and everything figured out, roll out IPv6 in your enterprise. Remember that upgrading segment by segment is the proper way to go, as you never know when a problem might arise. While the upgrade goes on, you will be using both IPv4 and IPv6 so there is no downtime to worry about, and if you want to keep your IPv4 addresses after that, you can do that too.

No matter how much you read about IPv6 migration, all this might seem very complicated and critical when you attempt to do it. If you want professional advice and help, you should get in touch with Flint Tech Solutions and avail their expert Network Installations services.

Educate your IT department thoroughly

While there are many similarities between IPv4 and IPv6, there are quite some differences too. Most of these differences lie in the structure and operation of the protocols, and these can affect the performance of applications and the overall infrastructure.

Therefore, it is important to make sure your WHOLE IT department is aware and educated about these differences. They will have to figure out ways to deal with any issue that might occur or be prepared for unpredictable inconsistencies. “Whole” had been emphasized on as many businesses think preparing their networking staff will be enough to conduct an easy shift from IPv4 to IPv6, but unless all your IT employees know how to handle IPv6, they will be facing problems every step of the way through migration and even after it.

Analyze your present infrastructure carefully

Before starting your migration to IPv6, you have to analyze your infrastructure and find out how much of it is actually compatible with IPv6. If you think judging your routers, switches and network cards will be enough, you are very wrong. You have to find all infrastructure IPv4 addresses in your network, details of where they are referred to in all applications, and a list of all DNS mappings. This analysis would show if your present external DNS provider supports IPv6 and if the infrastructure devices support IPv6.

You have to make sure every operating system and anything related to networking has to support IPv6. Many older versions of software might not support it, hence you will have to update that too. Make a list of all the parts that are incompatible and upgrade those before you start the shift to IPv6. Any sort of conflict between IPv6 and your network might result in a slower transition or even an unsuccessful one.

Perform an IPv6 cost-benefit analysis

Obviously, any form of transformation or change requires money. Shifting to IPv6 and preparing for it, both are going to require some investments. Hence, it is ideal to perform an IPv6 cost-benefit analysis before actually starting the preparation.

After you are done analyzing your infrastructure and have your list of changes needed, calculate how much money is needed and prepare the benefits you are getting for it. All the stakeholders have to receive it and understand it fully so that they get the complete idea of why this is needed. This report will prevent the migration from being canceled halfway through, which happens to be the case for many enterprises. Many business owners start questioning the purpose and benefits of the expensive transition after it begins and ends up ordering it to be stopped.

Hence, a complete cost-benefit analysis will help the migration stay on track and will also allow the management to collect sufficient resources and funds.

Create a test lab

When you are done with your preparations, it is best to start segment by segment. Even before that, it is better to start by experimenting with a test environment to make sure the implementation of IPv6 is being done properly and is not causing any clashes with hardware or applications. The test lab should simulate the fundamental operations of the enterprise so that the results obtained are reliable.

Draft an IPv6 plan

Once you are done testing and experimenting, write out a fool-proof plan about how you want to implement IPv6. IPv6 is not an improvement from IPv4 only for the increased number of addresses it provides, but also for the many new features it offers! IPv6 has many operational features which can be used to make networking easier and simpler, hence you should try to use as many of those features as you can. Experts suggest that you should get to know about the features of IPv6 in details so that you can use it to the fullest. Moreover, you should utilize your analysis to improvise on how your network operates, as you probably will not be checking it so thoroughly anytime soon again.

Finally, implement IPv6

After you have all your resources ready and everything figured out, roll out IPv6 in your enterprise. Remember that upgrading segment by segment is the proper way to go, as you never know when a problem might arise. While the upgrade goes on, you will be using both IPv4 and IPv6 so there is no downtime to worry about, and if you want to keep your IPv4 addresses after that, you can do that too.

No matter how much you read about IPv6 migration, all this might seem very complicated and critical when you attempt to do it. If you want professional advice and help, you should get in touch with Flint Tech Solutions and avail their expert Network Installations services.