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Fixing Windows 7 IPv6 Headaches


The Internet’s IPv4 dashboard gas gauge is blinking empty at only 5% left in the tank, isn’t it nice that Windows 7 supports IPv6? Well, sort of, supports it.

Actually, Windows 7 does a decent job of supporting IPv6. It certainly does much better than the ones that came before, but it still has some quirks.

The one that springs to my mind first is that Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 both still use random interface identifiers when creating its IPv6 addresses. While Windows 7 is now certified as being IPv6 Ready, it’s not quite on target by default.

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