Currently, IPv4 is still the default protocol used on most servers. However, IPv4 has some serious shortcomings. The most important of these is that there just aren't enough addresses for future use. Therefore, some years ago the development of a new version of IP started. Since the draft for IP version 5 just didn't make it, this new generation of Internet Protocol is called IPv6, and you can use it on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. In the next sections, you will learn about the properties of IPv6 and how to get it working on your server. This is not meant as an in-depth coverage of IPv6 and all its properties; it is just meant to help you configure IPv6 on a server so you can see whether it is useful for your environment.
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