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Windows 2000 Network
Windows 2000 Professional Beta Tester
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Windows 2000 Professional improves Network and Dial-up Connections: Each connection in the Network and Dial-up Connections folder contains a set of features that you can use to create a link between your computer and another computer or network.
Network and Dial-up Connections provides connectivity between your computer and the Internet, a network, or another computer. With Network and Dial-up Connections, you can gain access to network resources and functionality, whether you are physically located at the network's location or in a remote location. Connections are created, configured, stored, and monitored from within the Network and Dial-up Connections folder. For information on creating connections, see Make network and dial-up connections.
Each connection in the Network and Dial-up Connections folder contains a set of features that you can use to create a link between your computer and another computer or network. Outgoing connections contact a remote access server by using a configured access method (LAN, dial-up modem, ISDN line, and so on) to establish a connection with the network. Conversely, an incoming connection enables a computer running Windows 2000 Professional or a stand-alone computer running Windows 2000 Server to be contacted by other computers. This means your computer can operate as a dial-in server. Whether you are connected locally (LAN) or remotely (dial-up, ISDN, and so on), you can configure connections so that you can perform all network functions for that connection. For example, you can print to network printers, gain access to network drives and files, browse other networks, or gain access to the Internet.
Because all services and communications methods are configured within the connection, you do not need to use external management tools to configure connection settings. For example, the settings for a dial-up connection include features to be used before, during, and after connecting. These include the modem you use to dial, the type of password encryption you want to use upon connecting, and the network protocols you use on the network after you connect. Connection status, which includes the duration and speed of a connection, is viewed from the connection itself; you do not need to use an external status tool. For information on configuring a connection, see To configure a connection.
Windows 2000 logon and domain security, support for security hosts, data encryption, authentication, and callback provide secure network access for network and dial-up connections. For more information on security features, see Security features of Network and Dial-up Connections.
To configure a connection
Open Network and Dial-up Connections.
Right-click the connection you want to configure, and then click Properties.
Do one or more of the following:
To configure dialing devices, phone numbers, host address, country codes, or dialing rules, click the General tab.
To configure dialing and redialing options, multilink configuration, or X.25 parameters, click the Options tab.
To configure identity authentication, data encryption, or terminal window and scripting options, click the Security tab.
To configure the dial-up server and protocols used for this connection, click the Networking tab.
To enable or disable shared access and on-demand dialing, click the Shared Access tab.
To open Network and Dial-up Connections, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Network and Dial-up Connections.
Depending on the type of connection you are configuring, different options appear. For example, a local area connection only displays the General tab.
For more information about a specific item on a tab, right-click the item, and then click What's This?
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