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pTLA request for MICROSOFT - review closes 2 January 2002

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Just a comment out of curiosity - why wouldn't they be able to do that
same thing with what they have now? Matter of fact is that they do
have two /48s:

(from the 6Bone whois)
	ipv6-site:    MICROSOFT
	origin:       AS8070
	descr:        Microsoft IPv6 Site
	country:      US
	prefix:       3FFE:2900:201::/48
	prefix:       3FFE:C00:8036::/48

Two /48s is quite a bit of address space, even though it is not a
pTLA. They could easily take a /64 out of that (or even a /80 -
Ethernet MAC addresses are 48 bits and 80+48=128) and designate that
to their customers, _if_they_want_to_.

Plus, if they decide to make their services (say, Passport) IPv6-only
when a great deal of the world does not speak IPv6, that will cause a
major uproar. I don't think they would be able to do that, actually.

As I have said, I am not a fan of Microsoft. But I don't see why them
getting a pTLA on 6Bone or not would help or stop them from developing
incompatible protocols. Those are two completely different issues.

Michael Kjörling

On Dec 18 2001 20:34 -0500, Michael Richardson wrote:

>   Imagine if Microsoft started assigning a /128 (or /120 for that matter) to
> each registered copy of XP.  (A single /64 of their address space would last
> a rather long time)
>   They then use this as the inner address of IPsec tunnels over which they
> provide services to their XP (XP 2.0, etc..) customers. You must use this
> in order to use, for instance, passport.
>   {Oh, and they permit you to populate the reverse map with your certificate
> to be properly authenticated. }

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