Hurricane Electric was one of the first companies in the world, that started they journey with IPv6. In 2001 they had, almost everywhere, implemented native IPv6 and they started with a tunnel broker service.
The idea of tunnel broker is simple. Hurricane Electric allows to connect to their IPv6 backbone over a virtual tunnel over IPv4. A lot of fans and companies that want to use and test IPv6 have they own connection to the Hurricane Electric IPv6 cloud.
Few years after they started the story with IPv6, HE decided to provide ownIT certification program. The certification and the learning materials are free. In the certification process your goal is to build your own IPv6 infrastructure (details later). When you end the certification process you will get knowledge the Sage title and you will receive a free T-Shirt (the T-Shirt itself is worth the effort).
The certification process has many levels from Newbe to IPv6 Sage.
At this moment you can find 4193 Sages around the world with 4193 unique T-Shirts.
What Exams You Must Pass to Become IPv6 Sage
To become Sage you must pass six complex lab exams (Explorer, Enthusiast, Administrator, Professional, Guru and Sage). You must also answer many IPv6 questions.
Format of the Exam
The IPv6 certification from Hurricane Electric is a set of tasks and questions about IPv6. You must complete a task on your server (sometimes with help from your service provider) and then validate the results on the Hurricane Electric website. IPv6 questions you can answer on the Hurican Elecrtic website.
Where You Can Pass the IPv6 Sage Exam
To pass the exam you need only an access to the internet. The best solution is to have own Linux or windows server connected to a native IPv6 connection, or even better, with IPv6 tunnel to the Hurricane Electric broker service.
You can start your story with the Sage certification here.
How Much Does the IPv6 Sage Exam Cost
Exams cost nothing.
How To Renew Your IPv6 Sage Certification
IPv6 certifications from Hurricane Electric are valid lifelong.
Scope of the IPv6 Sage exam
All tests require from you setting up, installing and configuring IPv6 native services. The scope of the technical tests is always very simple, but tests require from you a lot of work and knowledge about the IPv6 fundamentals.
- Newbie – Answer a few simple questions about IPv6 fundamentals
- Explorer – Configure native or tunneled IPv6 connection
- Enthusiast Technical Test – Answer a few question about ping and traceroute
- Enthusiast Test – Setup a web server and present a website via IPv6
- Enthusiast Questionnaire – Answer a few questions about your IPv6 experience
- Administrator Technical Test – Answer a few question about DNS and IPv6 topics
- Administrator Test – Setup a SMTP server and accept/read an email delivered over IPv6
- Administrator Questionnaire – Answer another few questions about your IPv6 experience
- Professional Technical Test – Answer a set of question about IPv6 prefixes and IPv6 commands on Linux and Windows
- Professional Test – Make sure that Reverse DNS for your SNMP server works
- Professional Questionnaire – Answer another few questions about your IPv6 experience
- Guru Technical Test – Answer a set of question about IPv6 routing protocols
- Guru Test This – Configure a Name sever and configure AAAA entry for your domain
- Guru Questionnaire – Answer another few questions about your experience with IPv6
- Sage Test – Make sure that you have an IPv6 Glue at your registrar
How To Prepare to the IPv6 Sage Exam
- Books that will help you with the preparation process:
- Learning Materials from Hurricane Electric
Examples of Job Opportunities
If you interested with sharing your success story with IPv6 Sage please contact me.
Questions and Answers
Q: What is the real value of the IPv6 certification? I haven’t seen any real job offers that require the Sage certification.
A: The real value is the practical knowledge about IPv6. During all tests you will learn how to configure and troubleshoot IPv6 protocols and services on Linux or Windows-based systems. Also one of the biggest advantages is the HE T-Shirt. That is maybe funny, but when Hurricane Electric started with the T-Shirts, the number of the Sages increased almost over 1000% (day before – 289 new sages, day after 2424 new sages).