When creating documentation for IT infrastructure it’s tough enough trying to figure out your current environment. Pre-existing documentation and templates can make this process much simpler.

The IP Best Current Operational Practice (IPBCOP) project will collect the best practices known within the operations community and capture those practices in a series of documents. These “living documents” are peer reviewed by technology experts who actually deploy and manage these environments. We believe the best documentation is when it is based on real-world implementations.

This is a community project and is open to all to participate and get involved. We welcome your participation and look forward to working together to build better documentation for the entire community.

Get Involved

There are three primary ways to get involved with the IP BCOP effort:

1. Join the mailing list where the discussion occurs.

2. Review the existing drafts.

3. Use the BCOP template to create a new draft to submit to the community.

We would, of course, also welcome you to follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ and engage in the conversation there.

Ratified BCOPs

At the February 6, 2012, IPBCOP meeting at NANOG 54, the following documents were ratified as official Best Current Operational Practices:

Other documents exist in draft status and may be ratified in future meetings.


At the current time, the following documents are in draft form and under discussion within the project:

We welcome any feedback you have on the drafts. Please join our mailing list to join the discussion.

June 22

BCOP – IPv6 Subnetting

This BCOP provides general IPv6 subnetting guidelines that can be followed by any network operator when planning and implementing an IPv6 network deployment. The primary focus is on understanding IPv6 subnets and addressing plans, creating operational clarity and future proofing. Due primarily to the lack of a need for the scarcity mentality inherent in IPv4 …


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June 22

BCOP – Public Peering Exchange

This document describes the physical and network components that comprise the best current operational practices for connecting to a public peering exchange point. It also provides general configuration parameters and guidelines, but does not include vendor-specific configuration information. There are a multitude of exchange points around the world each of which has a set of …


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June 22

BCOP Draft – IPv6 Peering and Transit

This BCOP aims to provide general IPv6 Peering and Transit guidelines that can be followed by any network operator when planning and implementing any IPv6 Peering/Transit relationship. The primary focus is on understanding BGP peering and filtering. We (the Global Network Engineering Community(GNEC)) have made many mistakes with IPv4 Peering and Transit configurations and operational …

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June 22

BCOP – Development Process

This document defines the Global Network Engineering Communities (GNEC) Best Current Operational Practices Development Process (BCOP-DP). The GNEC BCOP-DP is the process by which all BCOPs authored by the community are developed by and for the GNEC. BCOP-DPs are developed in an open and transparent manner by the GNEC. Anyone may participate in the process. …


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