Unigroup's May 2011 Meeting Announcement

Deploying IPv6

Perry Metzger, Managing Partner,
Metzger, Dowdeswell & Co.

Thursday, 19-MAY-2011      (** 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 506_CS   (Note: Room Changes Month-to-Month)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


Unigroup is pleased to announce our May 2011 meeting on Deploying IPv6.

Unigroup had first presented IPv6 back in January 1996, and our speaker back then was Perry Metzger. We are pleased to have Perry come back to Unigroup to present IPv6, now that it is more of a requirement, rather than "just a matter of discussion." Perry is also known for presenting various NetBSD technical topics to Unigroup.

The Unigroup January 1996 meeting announcement said the following:

     IPv4, the Internet Protocol Version 4 that has served our industry
     well for more than 15 years, is coming to the end of its useful
     life -- for one thing, its limited address space is almost used up.
     Industry groups are now actively designing its designated successor,
     IPv6 (also called IPNG for IP Next Generation, under the auspices of
     the IETF, Internet Engineering Task Force.

     Our January speaker, Perry Metzger, will report to us on what is new
     and different about IPv6 - with special reference to addressing and
     security enhancements in the new protocol.  Among other features,
     IPv6 will expand the address space from 32 to 128 bits -- enough,
     as Perry says, to allow us to "individually address every atom on
     the planet"!

So now, another 15 years later, IPv4 has managed to last over 30 years (!!btw, so has Unigroup!!), and its address space has finally been fully allocated. The time for getting serious about IPv6 is finally here, since its use is now mandated for certain Internet communications.


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Topic: Deploying IPv6

Introduction & Description of Talk:

The current version of the Internet Protocol, IPv4, has run out of network addresses after over 30 years of operational use. To correct this, a new version, IPv6, is now being deployed. In place of IPv4's 32 bit address space, IPv6 features 128 bit addresses and a number of cleanups and simplifications to the IP protocol.

Perry Metzger's talk will explain the differences between IPv4 and IPv6, discuss how the transition between the protocols is being conducted, and tell you how you can transition your own networks to IPv6.

Outline of Talk:


References & Web Resources:



Mr. Metzger was involved in the IETF's IPv6 standardization effort and is the co-author of several IETF RFCs. He is the Managing Partner of Metzger, Dowdeswell & Co., an IT consulting company specializing in systems security, and is also a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

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We have some Solaris Related CD-ROMs from our friends at the local NYC Sun Microsystems Office.

(Note: We are low on books right now.)


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