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Should I disable IPv6 if using Windows Server 2003 and 2008 DNS servers

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Our network has two Windows Server 2003 and one 2008 DNS servers.  I was advised that because of this configuration and because we have no current need we should disabled IPv6 on our DB and IIS servers and delete the IPv6 entries on the DNS servers.  

I've not been able to find any similar recommendations googling around.  Is this good advice?
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IPv6 does not cause any problems, co-exists with IPv4, and you can leave it in place even if your network continues to be IPv4
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by:Cliff Galiher
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You got bad advice. There is no reason to disable v6 and it is still used by many internal Windows processes so disabling it can cause issues.
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by:Fouad Maidine
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IPV6 it is used by many processes including :

HomeGroup

Direct Access

Windows Mail  ...

and Microsoft does not recommend that, and it also seems to not just increase instablity but also delays by  5 second the overall booting process.
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by:canuckconsulting
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Thanks for the feedback.  Just in case it makes a difference, he was specifically concerned with the way we have 2003 and 2008 R2 DNS servers.  The issue was to do with replicating those address between this mix of servers.  Sounds like this is not the case though.
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by:John Hurst
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IPv6 will not affect DNS - it will pass by the IPv4 set up. Just leave it installed.
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Thanks!
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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