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Windows 2000/XP Networking - How to

How to Assign a Home Directory to a Local User
How to Create a New Network Place
How to disable ICS
How to hide a machine from the network browse list
How to switch network settings without reboot
How to use the Alternate Configuration functionality to establish multiple-network connectivity
How to transferring files between two remote computers without sharing


How to Assign a Home Directory to a Local User

To assign a home directory to a local user, open Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. Click Users in Local Users and Groups. Click the user account that you want to work with. Click Action, and then click Properties. Click the Profile tab, click Connect, and then specify a drive letter.  In the To box, type a path, for example, \\chicagotech\blin.

How to Create a New Network Place

To create a new network place: go to Control Panel>Network and Internet Connections>Add Network Place, follow the instruction to browse the the network shared folder that you wan to.

How to hide a machine from the network browse list

To hide your computer from the network browse list, run regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer\Parameters, change Hidden value from 0 to 1. Or use net config server /hidden:yes command on your computer.

How to switch network settings without reboot

As a network consultant, I work on different network every day and need to switch network settings such as IP and DNS accordingly. Fortunately, W2K/XP comes with a useful tool, netsh.exe, that can switch network settings quickly.  To copy abc.com network settings, type command netsh -c interface dump >c:\abc.txt. The abc.com network settings will be saved at the root of the C drive. You can create as many network settings as I like. When you work at abc.com next time,  you will load the settings by typing netsh -f abc.txt command and the abc.com network settings will take effect immediately.

How to use the Alternate Configuration functionality to establish multiple-network connectivity

If you want to use your laptop on both office and home networks without having to manually reconfigure TCP/IP settings and one of those networks does not have a DHCP server, you may be able to do this by using the XP Alternate Configuration functionality. For example, when you are in the office, the computer uses a DHCP to assign TCP/IP configuration. When you are at home (where you do not have access to a DHCP server), the computer automatically uses the alternative configuration. To do this, go to Control Panel>Network and Internet Connections>Network Connections, right-click the connection that you want to configure and click Properties. Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)>Properties>Alternate Configuration, and assign IP, default gateway and DNS manually.

How to transferring files between two remote computers without sharing.

I was just wondering if it is possible to copy the remote desktop files (remote desktop allows you to connect to that computer, remote desktop connection allows a user to connect to that computer) from Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 and put them into Windows XP Home so users can connect to the Home edition computer?

A: You can use NetMeeting or VNC to transfer the data. NetMeeting is built-in to XP/Windows 2K and downloadable for other Windows OS from MS. You can get the VNC server and client software from http://www.realvnc.com. The problem with VNC is the data stream is not encrypted.

 


 

 

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