Talk:Link-local address/Windows

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The ipconfig command referenced is OS-specific, so it may be reasonable to name the systems this task could be accomplished with, and either to provide alternative ways of doing the same on at least one another system (preferrably a w:free software one), or to rename the page to somehow name the systems the task should be done with explicitly.

Also to note is that it’s a bit IPv4-specific. To my mind, covering IPv6 is pretty much a must these days.

Ivan Shmakov (dc) 19:16, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for commenting. I've added a Preparation section to address the operating system requirement. I have this section in most of the other activities in the course, but I missed this one.
Regarding other operating systems, I would like to include instructions for a variety of operating systems. Feel free to create a Linux subpage similar to this with Linux-specific instructions and let me know when it's ready. Then we can take the existing content and move it to a Windows subpage and have the main page just describe the concepts.
Regarding IPv6, it is addressed as part of the activity. However, there's nothing to do in terms of obtaining a link-local address for IPv6. It will already be there. Students who have read the course lesson and the IPv6 lesson that comes earlier in the course will already be aware of this.
Thanks! -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 18:19, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
Indeed, I’ve expected for IPv6 to be mentioned the first time ipconfig itself is mentioned (as link-local addresses are expected to be already available at that time), while it somehow made it only to the part when an IPv4 link-local address is acquired.
I’m not readily familiar with the use of IPv4 link-local addresses on other systems, but my guess would be that avahi-autoipd(8) is the responsible party, and it’s probably possible to configure it via either interfaces(5) (in Debian and its derivatives) and NetworkManager.
Ivan Shmakov (dc) 21:19, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
Unfortunately, we're not yet at the point where we can assume that IPv6 public addresses will work for most users. That means the activities must focus on IPv4. Regarding Linux, I'd be happy to add resources that others want to develop. Right now I don't have the time to develop them myself. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 22:18, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
I’d argue that on the other hand, IPv6 link-local addresses are expected to be available on any recent system, and may deserve a mention the first time the ipconfig /all output is discussed.
Also, I’ve just finished a draft for the Linux section. (I haven’t yet tried the # avahi-autoipd commands there, but expect them to work.)
Ivan Shmakov (dc) 11:30, 16 November 2013 (UTC)