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Pulling the IPv4 Plug

Just as a little experiment tonight I disabled my IPv4 stack on Vista and went entirely IPv6 native (no tunneling). Of course I got what I expected, a completly unusable system.

What worked:

  • Windows domain and Exchange - Thanks to recent upgrade of our company to Server 2008 and Exchange 2007 everything worked internally. File sharing, DNS, authentication…​all worked like a charm.

  • - Loaded right up and I was able to search. Also if you edit your host file and add a record for pointing to 2001:4860:0:2001::68 (at least for right now) you can access Gmail. I’m pretty sure that this works for MAPS and DOCS. Doesn’t work for TALK however.

  • - For all your IPv4/IPv6 needs…​at least until they run out.

  • - Love to see that turtle dance.

What didn’t work:

  • Basically everything else.

If IPv4 is going to run out in 2-3 years, the content providers have a long way to go.

Cody Lerum - October 30, 2008
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