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Adjust the Network Configuration for Windows2000

This page is only for Windows 2000 and Windows XP !
( there is a different procedure for Windows 95/98/ME )
you need to logon as "
Administrator" or as a User with
Administrator rights for this step.


There are several methods to call up the
Network configuration :
- "Settings" / "Network and Dial-up Connection"
- Desktop: properties of "My Network Places"
- Control-Panel : Network and Dial-up Connection



Windows 2000


In the window "Network and
Dial-up Connections
",
you configure the configuration
of the local network
("Local Area Connection")
and of any dial-up networking
connection (like a modem
connection to the Internet)

To view/modify the Network
configuration, display the
properties (via right-click from
the context/popup menu)
By default, all required components
for a network between Microsoft
Windows systems are installed,
using TCP/IP-protocol.

Since TCP/IP is on Windows2000
the default protocol, I strongly
suggest to use it, do NOT delete it.
( if you have
Windowss95/98/ME
systems on your network, please
configure them also for TCP/IP
).




Windows XP :



Here you configure the configuration
of the local network
("Local Area Connection")
and of any dial-up networking
connection (like a modem
connection to the Internet)

To view/modify the Network
configuration, display the
properties (right-click)
 
Like on Windows 2000, by default,
all required components for a
network between Microsoft
Windows systems are installed,
using TCP/IP-protocol.

Since TCP/IP is on Windows XP
the default protocol and NetBEUI
is not anymore supported, you will
have to use it.
( if you have
Windowss95/98/ME
systems on your network, please
configure them also for TCP/IP
).

Windows XP Professional contains in
addition a new service : QoS Packet
Scheduler: just leave it there.
If you need another protocol
(example:
NetBEUI to network
to a DOS-systems
), then use the
button "Install" to get the windows
"Select Network Component Type",
select "Protocol" / then "Add" to
add additional components, like
IPX/SPX or NetBEUI.
window :"Select Network Protocol"

NetBEUI protocol is only available on
Windows 2000, it is not anymore
available on Windows XP
( except as "unsupported" protocol )



2) Configure the protocols

NetBEUI: Nothing to configure
IPX/SPX compatible On a network WITHOUT a server , you need to define the Frame-Type
TCP/IP I hope , that you first had a look at TCP/IP basics, so that you know
what you are now configuring: usually just the IP-address, as you
should have defined it already
Select the TCP/IP and ask for the "Properties":

by default your system is configured to
"obtain an IP-address automatically"

(via a
DHCP-server or
Windows2000 Auto-IP configuration).

Select to "Specify an IP-address" and
enter your IP-address
(usually: 192.168.1.1 or
192.168.1.2 or 192.168.1.3 or....)
,
then define as "
Subnet Mask" : 255.255.255.0.



For a simple home-network, that is all what is
required
(Windows2000 Internet Connection
Sharing ICS
will require later more work).

change from : change to :



3) Verify / Define the names for the computer and workgroup

You have decided already on the
name for your computer and for
your workgroup.



Verify these names in the
"Network Identification",
which is part of the properties
of "My Computer" on the desktop
or the "System" applet in the Control-Panel :
Windows XP:

Windows 2000 :
Select the tab:
"Computer name" (Windows XP)
"Network Identification" (Windows 2000)



and verify your "Full Computer name"
(MUST be UNIQUE on the network)
and your "Workgroup" name
(MUST the IDENTICAL on all systems)







To change these names, click
on "Properties" (Windows 2000)
on "Change" (Windows XP)
For a simple network of Microsoft
Windows PC's without an
NT4 server
or a
Windows2000 server defining a
Domain, you need to select the radio
button "Workgroup" and define a
workgroup name, which MUST be
identical
on all systems on your network.


4 ) File-and-Printer Sharing :

Unlike Windows95/98/ME,
File-and-Printer Sharing is installed
by default.
Just make sure, that it has not been removed.



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