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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 14: Setting Up Your Network
Viewing the Network Map
When network discovery is enabled, you can use the Network Map to display an
expanded view of your network. As Figure 14-7 shows, the expanded Network Map
view includes your computer, the computers near your computer, and the devices
near your computer. You can access the Network Map by following these steps:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click Network and Internet and then click Network and
Sharing Center.
3. In the Network and Sharing Center, under Network Map, click “View full map.”
4. If your computer has more than one network connection, use the “Network map
of” list to select the network connection for which the map should be created.
On the Network Map, you’ll see solid lines connecting the selected network connec-
tion to your network devices. You may also see dashed lines to other devices for
alternative connections. If there’s a problem with a particular segment of your con-
nection, you’ll see a red X on the connecting line. Clicking the red X works the same as
when you click the “Diagnose and repair” option in the Network and Sharing Center.
Viewing and Managing Your Network Connections
Network connections contain the configuration properties that allow your computer
to connect to a network. Windows Vista automatically creates a local area connec-
tion for each network adapter you’ve configured. As you configure dial-up, broad-
band, or wireless, Windows Vista will create related connections as well.
You can quickly obtain a list of network connections for your computer by complet-
ing the following steps:
Figure 14-7. Viewing a Network Map
Mapping Your Networking Infrastructure
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1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click Network and Internet and then click Network and
Sharing Center.
3. In the Network and Sharing Center, click “Manage network connections” under
Tasks. This opens the Network Connections window, shown in Figure 14-8.
The Network Connections window has several different views. You can access these
views by clicking the Views button and then selecting the desired view. The view
you’ll use most often is the Details view. This view shows you:
Name
The name of your computer’s connections, organized by connection type, such
as LAN or High-Speed Internet
Status
The name of the network to which a connection is connected, or the error sta-
tus, such as “Unavailable – device missing or network cable unplugged”
Device Name
The manufacturer and type of network adapter
Connectivity
The type of connectivity for active connections, such as “Access to Local only”
or “Access to Local and Internet”
Network Category
The network category, which can be Private, Public, or Domain
Owner
The owner of the connection, such as the System account
Type
The type of connection, such as Dial-up
Phone # or Host Address
The phone number associated with a dial-up connection, or the host address
associated with a remote access connection
Figure 14-8. Viewing network connections

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