Deployment: Windows Firewall and Group Policy

General Deployment information Because I support the Windows Firewall I often get asked for guidance on deploying it. David Bishop wrote a nice white paper on deploying the Windows Firewall so I won’t repeat it all here but this is my go to link when I am asked about group policy or how to deploy… Read more

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

New Networking-related articles for the week of June 12 – June 18

Quite a variety of new articles were released this week, covering a number of networking technologies and operating system versions: 2523887 You may encounter file corruption issues when you use the Offline Files feature to synchronize data in Windows 7 2525835 MS11-047: Vulnerability in Microsoft Hyper-V could cause denial of service: June 14, 2011 2535094… Read more

The Windows Firewall Service Fails to start – Introduction

There can be several causes that will prevent the Windows Firewall from starting and I will attempt to cover them in this series of five blog posts. In this first post, I will cover Windows XP and Windows Vista / Windows 7 separately as they are two different services. Last I will cover one issue… Read more