IPv6 Testing

It is frequently hard to identify what kinds of testing one must take and how much testing is enough. In the case of IPv6, one must consider a number of things.

First look at where IPv6 is being deployed in the network and identify what features are likely to be utilized in the segment of the network that IPv6 is being deployed in. For example, testing DHCPv6 or stateless address auto configuration may be critical for deployment on the campus level, but is not important for the backbone network. If the deployment is backbone based, focus on items important to the backbone.

Evaluate the devices in the network and test those devices which are the most common and the most significant for the highest number of network users. If 50% of the network routers are one specific model, this model should certainly be high on the list of devices to be tested. This specific router’s performance has a significant impact on the performance of the network.

If one specific area being tested appears problematic on a number of devices, consider testing all devices which could be impacted by failures in this area. Adapt testing strategies based on what is found in earlier testing.

Understand why specific test cases must be completed. If one can not state why a specific test case should be tested, this test case should be reconsidered.

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