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Networking For Dummies, 10th Edition by Doug Lowe

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Chapter 7

Configuring Windows Clients

In This Chapter

arrow Configuring network connections for Windows clients

arrow Setting the computer name, description, and workgroup

arrow Joining a domain

arrow Setting logon options

Before your network setup is complete, you must configure the network’s client computers. In particular, you have to configure each client computer’s network interface card (NIC) so that it works properly, and you have to install the right protocols so that the clients can communicate with other computers on the network.

Fortunately, the task of configuring client computers for the network is child’s play in Windows. For starters, Windows automatically recognizes your network interface card when you start up your computer. All that remains is to make sure that Windows properly installed the network protocols and client software.

With each version of Windows, Microsoft has simplified the process of configuring client network support. In this chapter, I describe the steps for configuring networking for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

Configuring Network Connections ...

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