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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 14
CHAPTER 14
Setting Up Your Network14
One of the best features of today’s computers is their capability to connect to and
communicate with one another over networks. Whether you are working at home, at
the office, or away from home, you might want to set up a network, too. Setting up a
network allows you to connect your computer to other computers so that you can
easily share files, media, and devices. You might also want to set up a network to
connect your computer to your Xbox, TiVo, and other devices, such as a network
printer.
For Windows Vista, Microsoft has introduced new networking tools that replace the
tools used in earlier releases of Windows. While there are many changes, the earlier
functionality has remained, and new features have been added. Before diving into the
specifics of the new networking features, I’ll discuss the essentials of setting up a
home or small-business network for use with wired and wireless networks. If you run
into problems setting up your networking, see the troubleshooting tips at the end of
this chapter.
Understanding Home and Small-Business Networks
With a small investment in time and resources, you can set up a home or small-
business network to connect multiple computers and devices together to share files,
media, and resources. Unlike a network at a larger organization that uses Active
Directory domains, your network will use peer-to-peer networking, with each com-
puter configured as part of the same workgroup or separate workgroups. In a work-
group configuration, member computers can connect to and communicate with one
another and with other devices on the network. When you want to access resources
on remote computers over the network, you’ll need to have a logon account on that
computer or other appropriate logon credentials. If other people want to connect to
your computer, they’ll need a logon account on your computer or other appropriate
logon credentials as well.

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