News of 2006This page contains the news items from the year of 2006.
Happy new yearSunday, January 1st, 2006
PoP replacements and pre-gold AYIYA support (SixXS v3a PoP code)Monday, January 9th, 2006
new v3a PoP code on one of these PoPs (nlams01).
We'll run this test for a week, if the test is successful then we will deploy this new code on more PoPs. This means that all those PoPs will get full AYIYA capabilities. As usual, in case of issues, don't hesitate to contact us.
BitlBee Gateway updateMonday, January 9th, 2006
BitlBee IM Gateway.The IM gateway now also has a web-based front-end available at http://im.sixxs.net of course available for the public.
SixXS v3 PoP code testing updateSaturday, January 14th, 2006
noc.sixxs.net hardware upgradeThursday, January 19th, 2006
Concepts will install an additional disk in the central machine (noc.sixxs.net). This will affect the web-service, GRH and the statistics for a moment. After this change several tasks will run much smoother due to the larger throughput the extra disk will deliver where currently there is sometimes a disk I/O bottleneck.
Update: New disk installed, data moved, systems are all back up completely.
New hardware for nlams04Sunday, February 19th, 2006
Stipte PoP (nlams04) has been replaced by new hardware; this should resolve the latency issues that the PoP was having. Preparations for setting up the new machine where already going on when the old machine died, this caused a short outage. Users who where affected by this outage, credit-wise, will have these credits refunded.
AYIYA available on M"Net PoP (demuc02)Sunday, February 19th, 2006
M"Net can now also request AYIYA tunnels. Other PoPs are being lined up for upgrades.
AICCU status updateMonday, February 20th, 2006
v3a code base. This makes the PoPs capable of doing AYIYA. On the client side, AICCU will need a few more modifications before we can release an update. AICCU is currently still using the old beta port for AYIYA traffic, though the PoPs do already support AYIYA over the IANA assigned port. An update of AICCU will be prepared soon, hopefully in the coming two weeks which will take into account a large number of already queued updates, many of which contributed by various SixXS users.
AYIYA available on several PoPsMonday, February 20th, 2006
SixXS does U.S.A. part IV: OCCAID Ashburn, Virginia PoP launchedWednesday, March 1st, 2006
OCCAID Ashburn, Virginia (usqas01). It is located at Hotnic. Details about this PoP can be found on the usqas01 PoP page.
Opening week special: Requests for tunnels, one per handle, coming in before 8th of March 2006 00:00 (GMT) will be donated bonus credits making one able to directly request a subnet.
SixXS v3a PoP updatesThursday, March 2nd, 2006
PoPs running v3a should be completely stable again. In case there is a problem with your tunnel or connectivity, like always, don't hesitate to contact us.
Thanks to the people who reported problems so that we could track these problems down.
RIR Message: Deprecation of ip6.int Scheduled for June 1, 2006Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
AFRINIC, APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC and RIPE):
Subject: [arin-announce] Deprecation of ip6.int Scheduled for June 1, 2006 Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2006 09:19:56 -0500 From: Member Services <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org In August 2005, RFC 4159 Deprecation of ip6.int was published as Best Current Practice. This RFC noted that maintenance of ip6.int is no longer required and that the Regional Internet Registries adopt a schedule for cessation of ip6.int. All the RIRs have agreed to deprecate ip6.int on June 1, 2006. Further note that ARIN no longer modifies any of the zones it administers under ip6.int effective December 7, 2005. Ginny Listman Director of Engineering American Registry for Internet NumbersNone of the SixXS PoPs have ip6.int delegations, thus this should not cause any issues.
noc.sixxs.net disk issuesTuesday, March 21st, 2006
Poznan PoP is now also AYIYA enabledFriday, March 24th, 2006
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center PoP (plpoz01) is now also AYIYA enabled.
We also like to note that there are currently no outstanding issues with the new v3a enabled PoPs. Of course if you do have an issue, don't hesitate to contact us so that the problem can be remedied.
usqas01 PoP running SixXS v3a PoP CodeMonday, March 27th, 2006
v3a code also on this PoP making it AYIYA enabled. This PoP will run this code for trial purposes, to see if it is truly stable in a live environment for the coming week. When it is found that the code is stable enough it will also be deployed on the remaining PoPs.
simbx01, nlams04, nlede01 PoPs also running SixXS v3a PoP CodeTuesday, March 28th, 2006
All US PoPs now running SixXS v3a PoP CodeSunday, April 2nd, 2006
v3a code also on the other 3 OCCAID PoPs, thus making all the US PoPs AYIYA capable:
New GRH Tool: Routes per PeerTuesday, April 4th, 2006
Ghost Route Hunter (GRH). This tool shows the amount of routes per peer of the various peers that participate in the GRH project. One can derive the more important and stable players in the IPv6 routing tables from these graphs along as determine where their routes are coming from. The idea for this tool came from Marco d'Itri's 'Routes per Peer' Statistics upon which this tool has been based.
The tool: GRH - Routes Per Peer
New SSL Certificate installedFriday, April 7th, 2006
RapidSSL, the same company who have been supplying the certificate for the last 4 years. Now their manual security audit has completed we have installed this new SSL certificate. The HTTPS/SSL version of the SixXS website can be reached using https://noc.sixxs.net, when in use your browser should indicate this and the login page shows a small image, the bottom of the SixXS website also indicates this. Using SSL protects communication between your computer and the SixXS server thereby avoiding any peaking on what you are doing by third parties. This SSL certificate is also used for communications over SMTP where possible.
FAQ: Shedding light on IPv6 Transition Mechanisms / TunnelsSunday, April 9th, 2006
FAQ in the Connectivity section. FAQ: IPv6 Transition Mechanism / Tunneling Comparison contains a table of the various tunneling methods that are in use around the world. It lists the features and also if they are supported by SixXS.
bebru02 PoP running SixXS v3a PoP CodeTuesday, April 18th, 2006
Belnet PoP has now also been upgraded to run thethe v3a code. It is thus now also AYIYA enabled.
6BONE shutdown per 6-6-2006Saturday, May 6th, 2006
RFC3071, 6bone, the IPv6 Test Network, will cease to exist on 6-6-2006. At that timepoint all address space is returned to IANA and thus it is illegal to use it. To make sure that the various SixXS PoPs don't have a problem with this, the 6bone address space (3ffe::/16) will be null-routed per 6-6-2006. This thus means that when trying to contact any server in the then former 6bone network the PoP will directly return a "ICMP Network Unreachable". Any hosts which still have a 6bone address in DNS will thus become unreachable, but due to the direct "ICMP Network Unreachable" the application can easily fail over to either another IPv6 address or the IPv4 address if that host specifies multiple addresses.
ptlis01 return, relocation and upgradeWednesday, May 31st, 2006
NFSI PoP in Lissabon returns. The PoP has changed location, due to this it also change its IPv4 endpoint address. From now on it can be found at 188.8.131.52, this will also be reflected in DNS Existing users have been notified of this unfortunate downtime and change. The new setup is running the v3a PoP code and thus is AYIYA capable.
gblon01 hardware and software upgradeMonday, June 5th, 2006
PoP gblon01 today by installing a new PoP on new and much better hardware and after testing the new setup, disabling the new PoP and letting the new PoP take its role. The new PoP has now taken over operation and is running stable as expected. The PoP is now AYIYA capable as it is running the new v3a PoP code. Of course if you do have an issue, don't hesitate to contact us so that the problem can be remedied.
6BONE space becomes 6GONE spaceTuesday, June 6th, 2006
RFC 3701, '6bone (IPv6 Testing Address Allocation) Phaseout', 3ffe::/16 prefixes only remain valid until June 6, 2006. SixXS has therefore turned off routing to these destinations. Where appropriate, we have collaborated with our participating ISPs to enable BGP filtering for all 3ffe::/16 routes. For all 20+ PoPs, we have disabled forwarding to 6BONE space by adding a null-route for 3ffe::/16 and having them send ICMP unreachables for SixXS users trying to reach those destinations. If you have trouble reaching 6BONE sites, please contact the 6BONE operators in question requesting them to renumber into production space as per RFC 3701.
All 6bone prefixes in GRH that where not returned in a timely fashion have been marked as reclaimed.
NOTE: Even though 6Bone is closed now SixXS keeps on running!.
New Ticket Tracker for reporting problemsWednesday, July 12th, 2006
Ticket Tracker to the website which allows users to report these issues in a simple way. Problems can then be discussed and resolved using that method. The old Issue Tracker items have been merged into this new system and the old tracker has been disabled. From now on problems with PoPs can be reported using email or the Ticket Tracker directly. Of course we do expect people to be specific about their problem.
PoPs upgradedSunday, July 23rd, 2006
report them. One of the main problems solved is AYIYA functionality on the US PoPs. Which should now work flawlessly in all cases.
AICCU 2006.07.23 - WinXP AYIYA support, new UISunday, July 23rd, 2006
AICCU which had a lot of changes, bugfixes, and updates. A lot of thanks should go out to the people who reported problems and supplied patches, features and bugfixes. The Debian Apt Repository has changed and now contains i386 and amd64 packages. The changelog contains the details. Distributions carrying packaged versions of AICCU should come up to date soon with this new version. This new version is especially useful for folks using Windows XP SP2 as this new version supports the newer Win TAP 8.1 driver which is the only version that works under XP SP2 and which is required for using AYIYA. Also take a look at the screenshots of the new Windows version. Of course if there are problems, don't hesitate to report them.
AICCU 2006.07.25Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
As reported by a number of users, AYIYA support on DragonFlyBSD was non-functional. With the new development and test environment we have setup these kind of problems are easier to reproduce, a such already version 2006.07.25 of AICCU version which solely fixes AYIYA support on DragonFlyBSD. New Debian packages have also been generated and the source tarball has been updated. A new Windows release is not required as the changes don't affect it.
noc.sixxs.net hardware upgrade sponsored by Concepts ICTThursday, July 27th, 2006
With hardware resources getting tighter and tighter on noc.sixxs.net, we have again received an upgrade for noc.sixxs.net from the provider and colocation provider of this machine Concepts ICT. Now it is running with a new 80Gb disk and has been upgraded to a gigabyte of memory. This should allow for some further future growth. During the upgrade window all services running on noc.sixxs.net where stopped.
We'd like to graciously thank Concepts ICT for sponsoring this new hardware!
Windows Vista support: non-existant due to missing proto-41 supportFriday, July 28th, 2006
[This problem has been been resolved, see this news item]
Because of this we ask you to show your opinion, either by posting in the forum or drop us a note at email@example.com. We will then aggregate these responses and forward them to Microsoft who hopefully will then raise the level of importance on this bug so that when Vista ships it is actually in there.
AICCU 2006.08.06 - debconf updateSunday, August 6th, 2006
Debian-based distributions, the AICCU Debian Configuration now also supports selection of the Tunnel Broker using the debconf system. The configuration file updating has also been updated so that it nicely rewrites the configuration file. Last but not least we have now also added the armeb branch in the Apt Repository so that users from that platform can also easily install it. The AICCU Apt Repository was changed with the release of 2006.07.23 which made it easy to add another branch next to the i386 and amd64 flavours that are already in the repository since that release. Debian users thus only have to 'apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade' to get the new version installed on their machines. Note that the version number has been updated so that it looks higher than the broken version which can be found in the Debian repositories.The changelog contains the details.
Poll: DNSSEC support for reverse DNS zones?Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
DNSSEC signed reverse DNS zones. This would allow users to test out how this technology works and if it scales well or not. Testing this should have a minimum impact in case any problems are discovered. What we would like to know if there if users want this feature and if they would really use it when we would make the SixXS infrastructure support DNSSEC. Please mail SixXS with your handle and a description on how you could use this. When enough requests come in we will consider to implement DNSSEC.
IPv6 Access ProvidersTuesday, September 5th, 2006
DOCSIS 3.0 recently released, more providers are expected to start deploying native IPv6 towards their customers. We have therefore compiled a list of providers which are already providing native connectivity to their clients. As native is better than tunneled, we are now providing a FAQ entry for all the lucky people who can already get native IPv6 connectivity. The FAQ: Where can I get native IPv6 / Which ISPs provide IPv6?.
Website changesFriday, September 22nd, 2006
SiteInfo support, which will provide one, when the browser supports it, with a quick menu which also makes navigation easier. Another change that is noticeable is the addition of the section headers. Pages that contain a lot of information will have an index on the top giving direct links to that information. More changes, like a new Signup Wizard, are in the pipeline. Comments and questions are always welcome.
Windows Vista: AYIYA worksSunday, October 1st, 2006
Thanks to a patch supplied by Henry Nestler, the OpenVPN TAP32 driver now also works on Windows Vista. By installing the new beta version of this driver AYIYA tunnels work on Windows Vista. Normal and heartbeat IPv6 tunnels (proto-41) don't work yet, this might get resolved in a new release of AICCU.
update: the driver can be found on the OpenVPN website.
Windows Vista configured tunnels, back in build 5744Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
My Tickets now available from User HomeWednesday, October 10th, 2007
My Tickets page in the User Home which lists all the tickets that the user has opened or commented on. The ticket page itself now also groups based on the status category hopefully making the Ticket Tracker easier in use.
SixXS's 4th anniversaryMonday, October 23rd, 2006
Still going strong into the fifth year, SixXS is still growing fast. The last year we have seen the introduction of the SixXS PoP v3a which allowed full integration of AYIYA support. The bye-bye to the 6bone and ip6.int where also big milestones. AICCU also got a new version again and will soon be opening up even a bit more. Growth patterns seem still to go up and in this fourth year we have been bumping into the 30mbit more often. The new Ticketing System helps problems to reported easier and users to see what is happening, with the end result higher user satisfaction.
This all would have never been possible to the ISPs providing the PoPs, so here's a big thank you from us to them.
As like last year: Happy birthday and enjoy IPv6
Home Logins now always SSL basedTuesday, October 31st, 2006
SSL version of the website. We have changed this now so that when using the non-SSL version of the website, the POST of the login details are sent to the SSL version of the website and when logged in one is also in the SSL version. The login page (which always looks the same) additionally contains the text:
The address bar should start with either https://noc.sixxs.net/ (SSL) or http://www.sixxs.net/ (non-SSL).Before posting the form and actually typing your username/password verify that that is indeed the case.
This should make security conscious persons a bit happier.
Two additional /40 allocations being used for new subnets at Easynet PoPFriday, November 24th, 2006
Easynet has assigned a fourth and fifth /40 to the deham01 PoP hosted by them. In total a 1x /38 + 1x /40, or the equivalent of 5x /40, thus 1280 /48's are now possible on that PoP. 768 /48's have already been allocated to end-users and are in use by them. Thanks has to go to Easynet for providing this to us and thus to you. In total the 21 SixXS PoPs now comprise of 25 /40's or 7.7184.108.40.2063.626.718.119.526.400 IPv6 addresses. More realistically it is to say though that it allows for 6400 /48's to be allocated to end-users, who can then deploy IPv6 at their homes and workplaces.
As a bonus we reveal you something nice that the Chinese are providing: Video On Demand over IPv6, including movies like The Day After Tomorrow and numerous more. Requests which where queued up have now all been approved, enjoy the IPv6 connectivity and the movies!
SurfNet PoP upgradedThursday, December 7th, 2006
SURFnet PoP, the hardware has been replaced and SURFnet also directly upgraded the operating system of the PoP. The latter allowed for an upgrade to the latest SixXS PoP code. This means that nlams05 is now also an AYIYA capable PoP.