IPv6 is the next generation Internet Protocol and is currently being deployed in Service Providers and Enterprises across the world. This 2 day practical course covers the benefits and features of this protocol and considers strategies for migrating from IPv4 to IPv6.

Delegates will learn about the operation of IPv6 networks and the essential theory is reinforced using practical examples and utilising wireshark traces.

IPV6 builds on and improves on the existing IPv4 protocol and delegates attending the training should have a good working knowledge of IPv4. Delegates must have a level of networking knowledge commensurate with that covered in the "IP Network Essentials for Engineers" course. Ideally delegates should also have attended the "Advanced IP Networks for Engineers" course.


This course is run on demand and can be delivered at a location to suit you. Due to the bespoke nature of both the delivery and the content of these courses, please click the button below to request further information and we will be able to put together a quote based on your needs.


This course is aimed at reasonably experienced engineers who require a deeper knowledge and understanding of IPv6 Networking. Delegates must have a good working knowledge of IPv4. This is a natural progression from the ‘IP Network Essentials for Engineers’ and ‘Advanced IP Networks for Engineers’ courses.


The course begins with an overview of IPv4 operation and highlights the inherent weaknesses in this ageing protocol and how IPv6 addresses those issues. The IPv6 protocol headers and exchange of various ICMPv6 messages are analysed using wireshark traces and investigated practically using PC's, Cisco switches and routers.

IPv6 address allocation, format and categories are discussed and explained, including unicast, multicast, anycast, link local and unique local IPv6 addresses. Neighbour and Router discovery mechanisms, stateful and stateless addressing schemes will also be covered.

IPv6 routing,  including OSPFv3 and an overview of segment routing will be overviewed.

Migrating to IPv6 and the use of DNS, DHCPv6 tunnelling and protocol translation will also be covered.


Module 1: Overview of IPv4 and introduction to IPv6

Module 2:
IPv6 Headers (standard and extension headers)

Module 3:
IPv6 addresses (unicast, multicast, anycast, link local, unique local and special addresses)

Module 4:
ICMPv6 Messages and Protocols (neighbour discovery, address resolution, duplicate address detection, router discovery and multicast listener discovery)

Module 5:
IPv6 Host Processing (stateless address auto configuration procress (SLAAC) for various types of unicast IPv6 addresses)

Module 6:
IPv6 Unicast Routing (overview of RIPng, OSPFv3, IS-IS, MPBGP and segment routing)

Module 7:
Migration from IPv4 to IPv6 (DHCPv6, DNS, tunnelling mechanisms, dual stack and protocol translation)