IPv6 applications

Windows includes the following IPv6-enabled applications:

  • FTP client

    The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client, Ftp.exe, can be used to establish FTP sessions with IPv4 and IPv6 FTP servers.

  • Telnet client

    The Telnet client, Telnet.exe, can be used to establish Telnet sessions with IPv4 and IPv6 Telnet servers.

  • Internet Explorer

    The new Internet extensions dynamic link library, Wininet.dll, enables Web browsers to access IPv6-enabled Web servers. For example, Wininet.dll is used by Microsoft Internet Explorer to make connections with a Web server to view Web pages. Internet Explorer uses IPv6 to download Web pages when the Domain Name System (DNS) query for the name of the Web server in the URL returns an IPv6 address.

    URLs that use the format for literal IPv6 addresses described in RFC 2732, "Format for Literal IPv6 Addresses in URLs," are not supported by the version of Internet Explorer provided with Windows.

    For a list of IPv6-only Web sites, see the IPv6 Web site. Accessing IPv6-only Web sites assumes that you can connect to the 6bone, which is the IPv6 portion of the Internet. For more information about connecting to the 6bone, see Connecting to the 6bone

Additionally, the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) components of Windows are IPv6-enabled and the versions of Network Monitor provided with both Windows 2000 and Systems Management Server 2.0 support the parsing of IPv6 headers.