Configuring Windows Clients
In This Chapter
Configuring network connections for Windows clients
Setting the computer name, description, and workgroup
Joining a domain
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 ...