Block users from connecting to Wi-Fi networks
The network shell (Netsh) command line utility allows local or remote configuration of network devices such as wireless interfaces. Using the Netsh wlan option you can create filters that block users from connecting to specific wireless networks which may pose a risk to the security of your environment. Users connecting to unsecure open wireless networks increase the risks of their computers being compromised.
Categories: Security, Wireless Tags: filter, netsh, netsh wlan, permission, wi-fi, wireless, wireless network
Distributed BranchCache Mode
BranchCache is a Windows 7 feature that speeds up remote office (branch) computers access to files from a central location. This feature is only available in Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate editions. You can cache files either on a server running Windows Server 2008 R2 or distributed among clients running Windows 7 in a network. In this procedure we will see how to set up a BranchCache client in Windows 7:
Categories: Management, Performance Tags: branch, BranchCache, cache, cachesize, iplisten, IPv6, netsh, service
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (WFAS) Basics
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (WFAS) allows you to create rules based on port addresses and services, unlike the basic Windows Firewall where you can create rules based on programs. The basic Windows Firewall should be enough for the normal safe operation of your computer but advanced users can use WFAS to:
Categories: Security, Utilities Tags: advfirewall, command prompt, configuration, Export, Firewall, firewall rules, Import, netsh, traffic, WFAS, windows firewall, WinRS
Connecting Wireless Computers
Connecting a wireless-enabled computer running Windows 7 to a wireless network is pretty straight forward however; if that doesn’t work you can try the netsh command line tool. Below, you will find the steps required to connect your computer to a wireless network using the netsh wlan command. Alternatively to netsh, you can either open Network and Sharing Center and click Connect to a network or click the network icon on your taskbar at the bottom right section of your screen.
Categories: Networking, Wireless Tags: netsh, netsh wlan, service set identifier, SSID, wireless, wireless computer, wireless interface, wireless LAN, wireless network, wireless-enabled
Troubleshooting IPv6 Connectivity
The standard command-line tools we find in Windows 7 have full IPv6 functionality. Tools like Ping, Ipconfig, Pathping, Tracert, Netstat, and Route all support IPv6. Then we find tools specific to IPv6 which are provided in the Netsh command structure. But before we go for some troubleshooting tips, let’s check some mechanisms such as, IPv6 address resolution and configuration.
Categories: Networking Tags: configuration, DNS, interface, interface ID, ipconfig, IPv4, IPv6, ND, netsh, pathping, ping, PTR, tracert
As with IPv4 configurations, with IPv6 you can either set an automated address configuration through DHCPv6 or configure an address manually. The Netsh command gives you the ability to set all parameters but in this article we will focus on configuring the interface using the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) GUI from the Network and Sharing Center.
Categories: Networking Tags: advfirewall, Firewall, GUI, ICMPv6, IP address, netsh, TCP/IP
Troubleshooting Network Problems
Are you having network connectivity problems? You are unable to connect to another computer, to the Internet or to shared resources within an organization! Then this article will guide you through the basic tools available in Windows 7 and the steps you need to take when troubleshooting network connectivity problems.
Categories: Networking, Troubleshooting Tags: advfirewall, Firewall, ICMPv4, Internet, LED, netsh, network interface card, ping, rule