As the global pool of IPv4 space continues to diminish every day, organizations are looking to deploy IPv6 at an ever increasing pace. But sometimes it’s just plain difficult, especially when it requires a complete overhaul of your local network. Some organizations can implement dual-stack just fine, but for other organizations who host websites or applications at third party providers such as AWS EC2 and the like, IPv6 may not an option just yet.
At Total Uptime, we’ve made it extremely easy to IPv6 enable almost any application, such as a website, mail server and more. In fact, we can help you enable it in 5 minutes or less with our Cloud Load Balancing solution. Load Balancing, you say? I don’t need that. Well, that may be true, but even if you have just one web server behind a standard IPv4 address, we can give you an IPv6 address and proxy traffic to your IPv4 address whether you load balance or not.
3 Easy Steps to IPv6:
You’re almost done! Now test your site using the IPv6 address. On my Windows PC I can simply open a browser and put the IPv6 address in square brackets. For example http://[2001:4870:a24f:2::90] But if it doesn’t work from your machine, you may not even have native v6 or a functioning v4 to v6 tunnel broker. In that case, you can use an external proxy like http://www.guardster.com/free/ Simply place http://[2001:4870:a24f:2::90] in the box and hit submit. If everything was configured properly, your website will load in the page below (or in the case of our example link above, the IPv6 test site.)
Now that your website is confirmed working through our cloud load balancer, you just need to create an AAAA record for it in DNS. Then, anyone who wants the IPv6 address for your website or mail server or anything else will be able to get there!
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