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5. Networking

First of all, Windows XP is more command line than past Microsoft OSs, therefore, WinIPConfig is in the form on a command line function.

To gain access to IPConfig, go to the Start Menu, click Run, type "cmd".

Once you get to the command line, type in "ipconfig /?" to see the various commands. Some common ones are "ipconfig /release" to release an IP and "ipconfig /renew" to renew an IP.

Using the "ipconfig" commands, you can manipulate the TCP/IP stack in Windows XP, such as renewing your IP from the DHCP server.

Fortunately, Microsoft heard our cries and made for us Windows 2000/XP users a form of WinIPConfig built for Windows 2000/XP. This new version is very similar to the one that you are familiar with that is in Windows 9x.

Microsoft supplies it under the name of WinNTIPConfig. You can download it from the Microsoft Web Site by clicking here.

by trparky See Profile
last modified: 2002-07-11 01:00:53

Note. This only effects LAN traffic and not Internet access speeds. Also, in order for this to work, QoS Packet Scheduler must be supported on both sides of the connection.

QoS Packet Scheduler is a method of network bandwidth management that can monitor the importance of data packets and depending upon the priority of the packet, give it higher or lower priority or bandwidth levels.

Normally, if your system's LAN cards don't support QoS Packet Scheduling, you don't have to worry about it.

But, if you want to disable it, you can change it by doing the following. Note, this is not available in Windows XP Home Edition.

Start Menu --> Run --> gpedit.msc
Expand Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration
Expand Network
Click QoS Packet Scheduler
You will find an entry in QoS Packet Scheduler called "Limit Reservable Bandwidth". Double-click it, enable it, and set it to 0%.

More information on QoS can be found at these links:
Windows Platform Development -- Quality of Service (QoS)
Microsoft Knowledge Base -- Windows XP Quality of Service (QoS) Enhancements and Behavior

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by trparky See Profile edited by MSeng See Profile
last modified: 2002-09-15 12:58:57


by Skipdawg See Profile edited by trparky See Profile
last modified: 2002-07-11 01:00:42

Unfortunately, Microsoft in their seemingly infinite wisdom has decided to remove NetBEUI from the standard installation routines. They want us all to move over to TCP/IP File and Printer Sharing. But we all know that TCP/IP File and Printer Sharing is not that all secure.

Luckily for us, NetBEUI is not dead, it is lurking on the Windows XP install CD.

Step 1: Put your Windows XP install CD into your CD drive.
Step 2: Browse to Valueadd\MSFT\Net\NetBEUI.
Step 3: Copy Nbf.sys to (WINDOWS FOLDER)\System32\Drivers
Step 4: Then copy Netnbf.inf to (WINDOWS FOLDER)\Inf (note, this folder is hidden).
Step 5: Go to your Desktop, right-click on Network Places and choose Properties.
Step 6: Right-click on the adapter you want to add NetBEUI to, and then choose Properties.
Step 7: On the General tab, click Install. Click Protocol, and then click Add.
Step 7: Click to select NetBEUI Protocol from the list and then click OK.

You may have to restart your computer.

by trparky See Profile
last modified: 2002-07-11 00:59:59

Step 1: Go to your Desktop and right-click on Network Places and choose Properties.

Step 2: Click Advanced on the tool-bar and choose Advanced Settings.

Step 3: Choose the Adapter that you want to change the settings on.

Step 4: Click the check-box to clear it by NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in both the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks and Client for Microsoft Networks.

Your system will now only use NetBEUI for File and Printer Sharing.

by trparky See Profile
last modified: 2002-07-11 01:00:10

* TCP/IP : Abbreviation for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, the suite of communications protocols used to connect hosts on the Internet. TCP/IP uses several protocols, the two main ones being TCP and IP.

* IPX/SPX (IPX): Short for Internetwork Packet Exchange, a networking protocol used by the Novell NetWare operating systems. Like UDP/IP, IPX is a datagram protocol used for connectionless communications. (SPX): Short for Sequenced Packet Exchange, a transport layer protocol (layer 4 of the OSI Model) used in Novell Netware networks. The SPX layer sits on top of the IPX layer (layer 3) and provides connection-oriented services between two nodes on the network. SPX is used primarily by client/server applications.

* NetBEUI: Pronounced net-booey, NetBEUI is short for NetBios Enhanced User Interface. It is an enhanced version of the NetBIOS protocol used by network operating systems such as LAN Manager, LAN Server, Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95 and Windows NT.

by Skipdawg See Profile edited by trparky See Profile
last modified: 2002-07-11 01:00:32

See this Microsoft page for step by step instructions.

by redxii See Profile edited by slash See Profile
last modified: 2002-08-12 18:13:14

XP has made it a little trickier to find the area for verifying\setting your network protocol bindings but you can get to it in three steps from the Desktop:

1. Right-click My Network Places and choose Properties.

2. Select Advanced Settings from the Status Bar

3. Click on "Local Area Connections" from the Adapters and Bindings" tab.

by MSeng See Profile

By default, if you delete the C$, D$, etc.. Administrative shares, they will be recreated when you reboot. To disable this feature, edit:


SET AutoShareServer to 0 (zero)
SET AutoShareWks to 0 (zero)

If the entries are not there, create new DWORD values that are named like above and set the two values to 0 (zero).

The information above can also be found in MSKB article # 288164 -- How to Prevent the Creation of Administrative Shares on Windows NT Server 4.0.

by trparky See Profile edited by MSeng See Profile
last modified: 2003-07-30 21:41:27

Thanks to the fine folks over at University of California at Irvine, we have these instructions:

For Windows 2000/XP users:

Open Windows Explorer
Right-click on My Network Places
Select: Properties
Right-click on Local Area Network
Select: Properties
Select: Internet Protocol TCP/IP
Click on Properties
Click on Advanced
Select the WINS tab
Select Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP
Click OK
If you get the message: "This connection has an empty......", ignore the message and click on YES to continue, and click OK to close the other setup windows.

Restart your computer after the changes.

by 2kmaro See Profile