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“I’m an IPv6 PC”

Just this week, I ran in to an old friend and IPv6 colleague Sean Siler, the IPv6 lead for Microsoft.  You may have seen Sean play “PC” on the Microsoft parody (1) of the Apple advertisement  “I’m a Mac” and “I’m a PC” (2).

During our discussion, we covered which products Microsoft considers as supporting IPv6 and which ones just don’t meet minimal requirements.  Here is the list of Microsoft products he provided me as supporting IPv6:

And if your favorite product or operations system is on the following list, it is time to upgrade before you start supporting IPv6. To repeat, these products WILL NOT support IPv6:

  • Windows 1.x to 3.x
  • Windows NT 3.1 to 4.0
  • Windows 2000, Professional, Server, Advanced Server and Data Server
  • Windows XP, all productrs
  • Windows Server 2003 products
  • Windows Vista, all
  • Windows CE, Mobile, Windows Mobile all
  • MS OS/2
  • Internet Information Services (IIS)
    • Windows Server 2003 or earlier
  • Exchange
    • Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP0 (or earlier) AND
    • Windows Server 2003 and earlier
  • Domain Name Servers
    • Windows Server 2003 and earlier

Products not listed have a good probability of not working, so I would strongly suggest contacting Microsoft for the current status.

Microsoft has done much work to bring IPv6 into parity with their core products, but not for every product. As Sean put it to me, if a customer requests help, Microsoft will prioritize product capability, features and upgraded schedules.  In short, contact Microsoft today to ensure the product you depend on supports IPv6.

Sadly we did not have more time to talk, as Sean had a meeting with a customer on the topic of IPv6 implementation.  In my eyes, Sean is  “IPv6 PC”.  This blog post is complete… now where is my copy of the South Park Mac vs. PC vs. Linux parody (4)?


(1) I’M A PC [I am a PC]: Full Ad, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V7NoRjI0H0

(2) All Apple “I’m a Mac I’m a PC” Ads,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=BwzLrqehjKs

(3) Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria, http://www.microsoft.com/cec/en/us/cec-overview.aspx#data-ipv6

(4) South Park Mac vs. PC vs. Linux, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-22EpQOm8c&feature=related


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  1. Berin
    July 18, 2012 at 21:57

    So what about Windows 7 (both 32bit and 64bit)? I didn’t see that on either list…

    • December 31, 2012 at 23:37

      This include both 32bit and 64bit.

    • April 25, 2013 at 00:41

      Both support IPv6.

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