Configure VPN in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how to create a VPN connection in XP. Prerequisites: we have to have a VPN server which we will connect to. You have to know what is VPN in general. Key terms: vpn, connection, connect, protocol, internet, network, communication, dial-up, username Example VPN Configuration VPN connection establishes a secure communication channel through unsecured … Read moreConfigure VPN in XP

Configure Dial-up and Direct Connection in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn where and how to configure Dial-up and direct connections in XP. Prerequisites: no prerequisites Key terms: connection, dial-up, connect, authentication, server, multilink, direct, user, callback, modem, protocol Dial-up With Dial-up networks we are actually dialing into a host computer and joining other network. In corporate environments typically we are dialing into the services … Read moreConfigure Dial-up and Direct Connection in XP

TCP/IP Settings in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how to enter static TCP/IP configuration on XP machine and which tools can be used to troubleshoot connectivity. Prerequisites: you should know what parameters should be entered for network connection. Also, you should know what is IP address and what is MAC address. Key terms: address, ip, default, server, gateway, network, tcp, apipa, … Read moreTCP/IP Settings in XP

Manage Network Components in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn where to find and how to manage various networking components in XP Prerequisites: to read about network connections in general check out the article Required Parameters for Network Connection Key terms: component, network, connection, service, manage, properties, protocol, client Networking Components After we attach our network device, for example Network Interface Card (NIC), to … Read moreManage Network Components in XP

Hardware Profiles in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn what is Hardware Profile and how to create and configure new Hardware Profiles. Prerequisites: no prerequisites. Key terms: hardware, device, profile, boot, menu, manager, system Hardware Profile A hardware profile is a set of instructions that tells Windows which devices to start when we power on our computer. Most common usage is on … Read moreHardware Profiles in XP

Power Options in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how to configure power options on XP machine Prerequisites: you should read about Power Options in general first. Key terms: power, scheme, option, acpi, conserve, advanced, battery Power Schemes Windows XP introduced Power schemes which we can use to quickly set the appropriate power options. For example, one of the Power schemes … Read morePower Options in XP

Quality of Drivers in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how to check that drivers are compatible with XP, and how to use available tools to check that drivers are signed (sigverif, driverquery, sfc). Prerequisites: you have to know what drivers are. Key terms: driver, system, signed, check, tool, verification, signature Quality of Drivers There is a lot of concern about the … Read moreQuality of Drivers in XP

Devices in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how to use Device Manager to check installed devices, and how to add non-plug and play devices using Add New Hardware wizard. Prerequisites: you should know about devices in Windows in general. Key terms: device, hardware, manager, wizard, computer, resources Device Manager To open Device Manager, click Start, right-click My Computer, and select … Read moreDevices in XP

User Rights and Group Policy in XP

Before you start Objectives: learn how can you configure user rights trough Group Policy editor. Prerequisites: you should know what is Group Policy. Key terms: policy, user, group, rights, assignment, editor, security User Rights Assignment We can open GP editor through Run menu by typing in gpedit.msc and clicking on the OK button. This opens Group Policy editor … Read moreUser Rights and Group Policy in XP