IPv6 Essentials 2nd vs. 3rd edition differences?

I'm trying to evaluate whether to update from my 2nd edition copy but would firstly like to see some description of the differences between these editions. I tried emailing the author but this attempt bounced.

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-David
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  • Hello David,

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  • Hi Paul,

    I've yet to hear from the contact you mention above. If your query to them doesn't result in any response I'm sure my direct query won't. Can you please try again?

    Thanks,
    -David
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  • Hi David,

    So sorry that you have not received a response yet. I have forwarded on your inquiry to an editor of this title, and once I know more information I will contact you.

    Typically new editions are the most current versions of these titles, and can contain content changes that allow the book to be both more current, and in some cases, a better version of the book.

    Hopefully I will hear back soon on this.

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  • Hello David,

    An editor of this book was able to share that the author did a general update of the tech, and moved around some chapters/deleted/merged/etc. Here is a detailed chapter explanation below from the author:

    Chapter 1, Why IPv6?, briefly explains the history of IPv6 and gives an overview of the new functionality. It draws a bigger picture of Internet and service evolution, showing that the large address space and the advanced functionality of IPv6 are much needed for different reasons. It then discusses the most common misconceptions that prevent people from exploring and integrating the protocol. Finally, it explains when it would be the right moment for you to start your IPv6 project and drive the integration.

    Chapter 2, IPv6 Addressing, explains everything you need to know about the new address architecture, the address format, address notation, address types, international registry services, and prefix allocation.

    Chapter 3, The Structure of the IPv6 Protocol, describes the new IPv6 header format with a discussion of each field and trace file examples. It also describes what Extension headers are, what types of Extension headers have been defined, and how they are used.

    Chapter 4, ICMPv6, describes the new ICMPv6 message format, the ICMPv6 Error messages and Informational messages, and the ICMPv6 header in the trace file. This chapter also discusses the extended functionality based on ICMPv6, such as Neighbor Discovery, Autoconfiguration, Path MTU Discovery, and Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD). You will learn how ICMPv6 makes an administrator’s life easier.

    Chapter 5, Networking, covers several network-related aspects and services, such as Layer 2 support for IPv6, Upper Layer Protocols and Checksums, an overview of all multicast-related topics, an overview of routing protocols, Quality of Service (QoS), DHCPv6, and DNS.

    Chapter 6, Security with IPv6, begins with a short discussion of basic security concepts and requirements. It then covers the IPsec framework, security elements available in IPv6 for authentication and encryption, and how they are used. Our future networks will require new security architectures. This chapter provides an overview of considerations to make when defining the IPv6 security concept.

    Chapter 7, Transition Technologies, discusses the different transition mechanisms that have been defined, such as dual-stack operation and different tunneling, and translation techniques. It also shows how they can be used and combined to ensure peaceful coexistence and smooth transition. This is your toolkit to plan a cost- and labor-efficient transition.

    Chapter 8, Mobile IPv6, covers Mobile IPv6. This chapter explains why this technology could become the foundation for a new generation of mobile services. It also shows how the Extension header support of IPv6 can provide functionality that IPv4 can’t.

    Chapter 9, Planning for IPv6, puts it all together in a big picture. It discusses the planning process, success criteria, integration scenarios, best practices, and a summary of do’s and don’ts based on my long-time consulting experience.

    Appendix A, includes a short introduction to the RFC process and authorities, and provides a list of relevant RFCs for IPv6.

    Appendix B, provides a list of books that I recommend.

    I hope this helps and have a great day!

    Best regards,
    Paul Fichera
    O'Reilly Media
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  • Hi Paul, thanks for following up on this. However, I'm still at the same basic impasse: I have the 2ed and the chapter descriptions above more or less match (with the 3ed combining/merging/moving chapters as you indicate). Is the *content* of these chapters new/improved? I would guess "yes", to some degree, and the remaining question is what are the more specific changes/categories? If this isn't available then I'll just have to decide on whether to update based on other factors (all of which are less important than the specific content update question).

    Regards,
    -David
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  • Hello David,

    The author did do a general update of the tech for the books which would indicate that this title is more current that the previous edition.

    Please remember that O'Reilly has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and if you purchase the 3rd edition and aren't happy with it you can take advantage of this. More information on this guarantee can be found here: http://shop.oreilly.com/category/cust....

    Best regards,
    Paul Fichera
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  • Hi again,

    Ah, yes, the 100% guarantee is a very good point and definitely helps in this situation. Thanks for reminding me about this and for your work helping me.

    Cheers,
    -David
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