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IPv6 Address ManagementIPv6 address formatting may appear difficult at first, but here are some guides and tools to make it easier.
IPv6 Address Primers
- The IPv6 Prefix
Primer by Karl Auer
A brief, easy-to-follow introduction to IPv6 notation, prefixes and subnetting.
- Best Current Operational Practices - IPv6 Subnetting
General IPv6 subnetting guidelines for planning and implementing an IPv6 network.
- IPv6 Address Design by Jeff Doyle
An introduction to scale, simplicity and efficiency in IPv6 address planning.
- How Are Your Hexadecimal Skills?
Some tips on easy hexadecimal manipulation.
Address Management for IPv6Software to help with IP address management (IPAM) has long been available for IPv4, and now IPv6 versions are becoming available. IPAM tools are important in IPv6 as networks have larger address pools, different subnetting techniques, and more complex 128-bit hexadecimal numbers. Here are links to some open source and commercial IPAM packages. (IPv6Now does not guarantee any of these packages, links are supplied for information purposes only.)
Free IPv6 IPAM Packages
- GestióIP: automated, Web based IPv4/IPv6 address management software. The online subnet calculator includes a hierarchical IPv6 addressing plan builder for creation of organization-specific IPv6 allocation schemes. It features powerful network discovery functions, search and filter functions and an automated VLAN management system.
- NetDot: an open source tool to help network administrators collect, organise and maintain information. Features IPv4 and IPv6 address space management including hierarchical organization, address block visualization and IP and MAC address location and tracking. Also provides device discovery via SNMP, Layer 2 topology discovery and graphing, generates zone files for ISC BIND and ISC DHCPD configurations.
- 6Connect/IPAM Automation: Commercial product, but free version is available. IPv4 and IPv6 subnet calculations for tracking of assignments and unassigned space, supports IPv4 and IPv6 through single dynamic interface, integrated with ARIN and RIPE APIs for IP assignments, ties reverse DNS records to IP assignments automatically, DNSSEC support built-in, including signed zone management and DS key generation.
- HaCi: an IP address/network administration tool with IPv6 support. It stores data efficiently in a relational database and uses a treelike structure to illustrate supernets and subnets. Manage network trees ordered by roots, add IPv4 and IPv6 networks, show subnets, split, copy, move, delete etc, import networks from other sources, language localization.
- IPplan: a free (GPL), web based, multilingual, TCP/IP address management and tracking tool written in php 4. Also includes DNS administration, configuration file management, circuit management and storing of hardware information. Support for IPv6 (currently in BETA from version 6.00-BETA1).
Commercial IPv6 IPAM Packages
- SolarWinds IP Address Manager: helps you plan your IPv4 to IPv6 migration by creating and testing multiple scenarios before implementation. Add, edit, and delete IPv6 addresses and subnets; search for IPv4 or IPv6 addresses and find the "other side" address on dual-stack devices; create and edit IPv6 groups for organizing network components; easily view IPv4 and IPv6 addresses in dual-stack devices; add, delete, or edit individual or ranges of IPv6 addresses, edit IPv6 prefixes.
- Crypton/Easy-IP: an IP Address Management solution designed to help you understand, plan and manage IP Address space across your entire network infrastructure. Control IP address assignment, migrate seamlessly from IPv4 to IPv6, discover existing network devices, find out your subnet utilization, document IP address plans. Using a powerful SNMP auto-discovery engine, Easy-IP maintains an accurate, up-to-date inventory for all subnets, IP addresses and network devices.
- BTDiamondIP/IPControl™: cohesive and simplified management of IP address space, subnets, individual address assignment, DNS and DHCP in one integrated solution. Available as a software application or pre-installed on appliances. Provides centralized, full lifecycle management of IP management functions, including IPv4 and IPv6 address space assignment, allocation/reallocation, monitoring, tracking and deployment of multi-vendor DNS and DHCP configurations.
- Icognito Software/Address Commander: uses robust Java APIs to incorporate IP address allocations and reclaims into your OSS. Manages IPv4 and IPv6 dynamic scopes and static IP assignments through a single interface. Maintains data validity and detects problematic configurations and duplicate assignments. Easily generates comprehensive reports detailing IP address allocations. Integrates multiple regional DHCP deployments.
- Internet Associates/IPal™: supports IPv4, IPv6 and ASN in one interface, supports multiple instances of IP space, optimizes aggregation of addresses between regions, prevents premature reuse of deallocated addresses, address reclamation for renumbering and merging networks, graphic representation, equipment models with interface and DHCP allocations, automatic DNS generation from network architecture, address layout function for generating address plans.
- EfficientIP/SOLIDserver™ Appliance: IPv6 address management through an appliance and a centralised, web-based interface. Detects IPv4 and IPv6 addresses on your network and centralises all the data in the interface. Helps implement Dual Stack configurations to maintain communication between IPv4 and IPv6 devices. Supports DNS AAAA and PTR (DNAME) records for IPv6 DNS resolution, as well as ip6.int and ip6.arpa domains.
- Men and Mice/IP Address Management Module: Licence free for 6 months for IPv6 migration purposes only. Part of Men & Mice Suite Management Modules: DNS Management, DHCP Management, IP Address Management, DNS Expert and DNS Expert AD Monitor. Working together, the modules provide a unique management solution that enables organizations to keep track of their IP address space, individual hosts on the network, and their associations in DNS and DHCP.