Windows 2000 Network Verification

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 29 Jan. 2000 / Last Updated on 29 Jan. 2000]

Due to its Plug-and-Play capability, Windows 2000 should detect your network card and
install the proper drivers (which worked fine on my system with my Realteak card, but first I had to learn
that INTELl does not anymore support the "EtherExpress 16 ISA" and therefore also Windows2000 does NOT
support the "INTEL EtherExpress 16" ISA network card), some older non-Plug&Play ISA network card
may not be detected automatically and need to be installed manually
.

Even if Windows 2000 takes care about the installation of the network card, I strongly suggest
to verify the network configuration:

First check:
The Device-Manager
right-click on the NIC and
select "Properties"
tab: General
The "Device Status" should show:
"This device is working properly"

If there is any error-message,
fix that first using Trouble-Shooting.
tab: Advanced

My Realtec8029 is a combo-card
with both a BNC (Coax)-10base2
and a TP (RJ45)-10baseT connector.
I need to configure the type of the
network cabling (for me: still BNC)
Tab: Resources

For a PCI-card, the resources
( I/O-address and IRQ) are
defined by the system, usually
nothing to worry about and no
need to change anything.


Note:
Talking about Resources: Since a modern Multi-Media PC requires a lot of Resources,
especially the Interrupts , Microsoft introduced on the later Windows95 versions and
then on Windows98 the Interrupt-Sharing of PCI-devices.
NT4 was NOT able to share Interrupts, but Windows 2000 also supports the
Interrupt-Sharing of PCI-devices ( as listed under "Computer Management"):


Second Check:
Properties of your
"My Network Places"
(Right-click)
Since you have a network
card installed, there is the
icon for :
"Local Area Connection".
Right-click to ask for
the Properties.

By default, Windows2000
has installed:
- Network Client
- File and Printer Sgaring
- TCP/IP-protocol


If a different network
component is required,
select the button "Install", which will
display the screen"
"Select Network
Component Type
",
then the type of network
component, usually
the "Protocol"
Although TCP/IP is
quickly becoming the
standard protocol in
most networks, the
system still supports the
use of IPX/SPX and
NetBEUI protocol
Talking about IPX/SPX
( which is still the default
protocol for Novell
Netware 3.x and 4.x servers):
Windows 2000 includes
a Client for Netware.


If you decide to use the TCP/IP protocol, you should verify now the TCP/IP configuration.
Then you are ready to look at the equivalent of the Win95/98/NT4 Network-Neighborhood,
now called "My Network Places" / "Computers Near Me".

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