In Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Vista, when you go to Control Panel and look at your network configuration, you will have to use the Networking and Sharing Center. Initially, this may be confusing to veteran Windows Admins. In this article you will not only familiarize yourself with it but you will learn how to use it and how to get the most out of it. Let’s get started learning about the Windows Server 2008 & Windows Vista Networking and Sharing Center.
What is the Networking and Sharing Center? In Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, you had your “Networking Properties” which was really just focused around the configuration of your network adaptors. You could configure things like TCP/IP settings and whether or not the Firewall was enabled. Unfortunately, to configure and check the status of other network functionality like file sharing, you had to go somewhere else. In fact, it was not possible to configure networking functions all in one place.
We all know that one of the most important reasons that you configure networking in Windows is to share files. This is especially true on a Windows Server and it is commonly done on Vista desktop machines in SMBs.
With the new Networking and Sharing Center, you will see how Microsoft has brought many fragmented networking configuration interfaces, together into one “center”.
Now, let’s take a look at the Networking and Sharing Center. To access the Networking and Sharing Center in Windows Vista and in Windows Server 2008, you go to the Control Panel and click on Networking and Sharing Center.