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An Overview of Windows 7 Networking Controls

An Overview of Windows 7 Networking Controls
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A lot has changed in Windows 7 networking from Microsoft's Vista and XP versions.

Find out where networking commands and features are now located

A lot has changed in Windows 7 networking from Microsoft's Vista and XP versions.

In this screencast, we show you how to do a few common tasks, such as connect to a new network, set up firewall options, find and renew your IP address, and how to start to troubleshoot networking problems. We show where the commands are now located in the new interfaces and highlight a few new features.

We don’t really cover the new homegroup feature, since that is aimed at home users and the smallest businesses.

Command Locator Table

CommandXPVistaWindows 7
FirewallControl Panel, Windows firewallN&SC*, Windows FirewallN&SC*, Windows Firewall
Set sharing optionsWindows Explorer, Shared FoldersN&SC*, sharing and discovery optionsN&SC*, Advanced Sharing Settings, click on particular
location and choose options
Display IP addressNetwork ConnectionsN&SC*, click on LAN Status, DetailsN&SC*, click on LAN Status, Details
Renew an IP addressCommand line: IPCONFIG/renewCommand line: IPCONFIG/renewCommand line: IPCONFIG/renew
Connect to a wireless networkNetwork Connections, create a new connectionN&SC*, connect to a network, setup newwirelessTaskbar, left click on target network
Connect to a VPNNetwork Connections, Create a new connection, connect to workplace using WizardN&SC*, connect to a network, connect to workplaceN&SC*, Setup new connection, connect to workplace

*Network and Sharing Center control panel applet which can be found in Vista

Here is more help on understanding network administration tools.

David Strom is one of the leading experts on network and Internet technologies. He has written and spoken extensively on topics such as VOIP, convergence, email, network management, Internet applications, wireless and Web services for more than 25 years.

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