HowTo: Ping IPv6 Address Using Windows Vista / Xp or Windows Server 2008 / 2003 Server

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How do I ping IPv6 enabled address using Windows XP or Vista or Windows ME/Server edition?

Only following Windows product support IPv6 via ping.exe command:

=> Windows Vista

=> Windows Server 2008

=> Windows XP with SP1 or later

=> Windows version 7/8

=> Windows Server 2003 or above

WARNING! You must have IPv6 tunnel installed or native IPv6 transport from your ISP to use IPv6 over the Internet. You can always use IPv6 inside your LAN/WAN if you have IPv6 enabled networking gear such as routers and other equipments. You need to install the correct protocol (TCP/IPv6) in LAN settings on MS-Windows.

Ping IPv6 using DNS host name on MS-Windows

Open command prompt and type the following command
ping -6 {host.name}
ping -6 ipv6.google.com

OR
ping -6 www.cyberciti.biz

Where ipv6.google.com or www.cyberciti.biz is a name that can be resolved to an IPv6 address through entries in the local hosts file, or through AAAA resource records that are present in your Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure. When you identify the target host by name rather than IPv6 address, it is necessary to include the -6 parameter.

To ping using an IPv6 address, use the Ping.exe syntax as follows:
ping IPv6Address [%ZoneID]
ping 2001:4860:0:2001::68

2001:4860:0:2001::68 is gloable IPv6 address. To ping to the link-local address fe80::260:97ff:fe02:6ea5 using zone ID 4 (the interface index of an installed Ethernet adapter), use the following command:
ping fe80::260:97ff:fe02:6ea5%4

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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    1. My CCNA professor explained it this way: Most people currently use IPv4. But IPv6 allows many more addresses to be available. To switch to IPv6 requires different equipment (time, and money) . Not to mention there are many current addresses that are not in use per se. One day it will be switched over completely but right now most companies don’t want to.
      Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (CNSA) student

  1. Hi,

    I am in need of a tool that sends HTTP put request and get the response back for multiple websites simultaneously. one more thing i need that tool to support fot IPv6 address. Since i will be sending IPv6 address in my requests.

    please refer me some tool for this.

  2. If you have both a Server 2003 and XP machine/license, you can just use the ping.exe from 2K3 by copying it to “C:\Windows\System32\Ping2003.exe” and then using:

    ping2003 www.yahoo.com

    Note that this does NOT enable IPv6 on XP. You still have to install the correct protocol in LAN(network adapter) settings.

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