The Network Connection Status Icon

Have you ever wondered how Windows knows you’re connected to the Internet? You may have noticed the over the network icon by the clock, have you ever wondered what happens in the background? This blog aims to find answers to these and related questions. Process overview When a Windows machine connects to a network, there… Read more

Understanding IPv6, 3rd Edition has been published!

I recently heard from Joe Davies that the 3rd edition of his Understanding IPv6 book is available!     This edition builds on the treasure trove of information found in Understanding IPv6, 2nd Edition, which included updates for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Understanding IPv6, 3rd Edition also adds details for Windows 8, Windows… Read more

Creating a secure 802.1x wireless infrastructure using Microsoft Windows

My name is Prachand and I am an SE on the Platforms Networking Team. My intent of this post is for it to be a quick reference guide for setting up secure wireless networking using Microsoft products. It describes how to create an infrastructure for authentication, authorization, and accounting for wireless connections using Microsoft RADIUS… Read more

Windows Server “8 “Beta is available!

In addition to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Server “8” Beta is also available to test. We would like to encourage you IT Pros and software developers to try it out. Yesterday, Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President of Server and Cloud, announced the beta release of Windows Server “8”.  On the Windows Server Blog,… Read more

Announcing the availability of Understand and Troubleshoot Guides and Test Lab Guides for Windows Server "8" Beta

What are Understand and Troubleshoot Guides (UTG)? The Windows Server “8” Beta Understand and Troubleshoot Guides (UTG) help IT administrators and architects develop awareness of key technical concepts, functionality, and troubleshooting techniques. This understanding enables a successful early adoption experience during the product evaluation phase. To access all of the available UTGs, visit the Windows… Read more