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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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The Network and Sharing Center houses the main features for managing your com-
puter’s networking capabilities. When you need to create, connect, or manage your
network, this console offers you the ability to handle all of the management aspects
available in Windows Vista.
You can determine the network devices and connections associated with your cur-
rent network and personalize them by following these steps:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, under the Networking and Internet heading, click “View
network status and tasks.”
3. If you have a valid connection to a network, click Customize under Network
Details.
4. Use the options in the Set Network Location dialog box to set the network
name, location type, and network icon. Click Next and then click Finish.
In the Network and Sharing Center, you can create network connections by clicking
“Set up a connection or network” in the left pane. This opens the “Set up a connec-
tion or network” Wizard, shown in Figure 17-2. You can use this wizard to create
connections to the Internet and set up wireless networks and access points, ad hoc
wireless networks, dial-up connections, and VPN connections to your workplace.
Creating Dial-up Connections
In the Network and Sharing Center, you can set up a dial-up connection by follow-
ing these steps:
1. Click “Set up a connection or network” in the left pane. This opens the “Set up a
connection or network” Wizard.
2. In the wizard, click “Set up a dial-up connection,” and click the Next button.
3. The “Set up a dial-up connection” window appears and asks for specific infor-
mation to configure your dial-up connection. See Figure 17-3 for an example.
4. In the “Dial-up phone number” text box, type the telephone number provided
by your ISP or network administrator.
5. In the “User name” text box, type the username provided by your ISP or net-
work administrator.
6. In the Password text box, type the password provided by your ISP or network
administrator.
7. As necessary, select the “Show characters” checkbox when you are typing your
password to view your entry. This will help eliminate any typing mistakes. Also,
uncheck this selection after you confirm the correct spelling of your password to
eliminate the possibility of anyone else seeing your password later.
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8. In the “Connection name” text box, type a descriptive name for the connection.
The default name is Dial-up Connection.
9. Select the “Remember this password” checkbox to save your password for future
connections. If you do not check this box, you will have to enter your password
every time you use your dial-up connection.
10. Select the “Allow other people to use this connection” checkbox if you want to
allow anyone with access to your computer to use this connection.
11. Click Create to create the connection.
If you haven’t previously set up a dialing location, the wizard will prompt you to pro-
vide the specific location information for your connection, as seen in Figure 17-4.
When prompted, enter your country/region, area code, carrier code, and dial-out
number as necessary. Click “Tone dialing” or “Pulse dialing” to identify your phone
type. Windows Vista saves this information into My Location for future use. You
have the option to change this information by clicking Dialing Rules from the wiz-
ard. Please see the next section for Dialing Rules configuration.
Figure 17-2. Setting up a network connection
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Setting a connection to use dialing rules
Dialing Rules, as seen in Figure 17-5, offers you the ability to control how your dial-
up connections function in defined locations. These rules apply to outgoing phone
calls from your modem. When you specify the phone number to dial, the dialing
location determines whether the area code applies to the current call, and whether a
calling card applies. To configure Dialing Rules, you must open the Phone and
Modem Options dialog box.
To open the Phone and Modem Options dialog box, use the following steps:
1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound.
3. Click Phone and Modem Options.
If you have never opened the Phone and Modem Options dialog box, you will have
to provide the default location information for your connections. When prompted,
enter your area code, country/region, carrier code, and dial-out number, if you have
one. Click “Tone dialing” or “Pulse dialing” to identify your phone type.
Figure 17-3. Setting up a dial-up connection
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Figure 17-4. Configuring your location information
Figure 17-5. Configuring phone and modem options

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