What has changed in Windows 7 networking from Vista and XP versions? In this screencast, we show you how to do a few common tasks, such as connect to a new network, set up firewall options, find and renew your IP address, and how to start to troubleshoot networking problems. We show where the commands are now located in the new interfaces and highlight a few new features.
We don’t really cover the new homegroup feature, since that is aimed at home users and the smallest businesses.
Command Locator Table
|Firewall||Control Panel, Windows firewall||N&SC*, Windows Firewall||N&SC*, Windows Firewall|
|Set sharing options||Windows Explorer, Shared Folders||N&SC*, sharing and discovery options||N&SC*, Advanced Sharing Settings, click on particular
location and choose options
|Display IP address||Network Connections||N&SC*, click on LAN Status, Details||N&SC*, click on LAN Status, Details|
|Renew an IP address||Command line: IPCONFIG/renew||Command line: IPCONFIG/renew||Command line: IPCONFIG/renew|
|Connect to a wireless network||Network Connections, create a new connection||N&SC*, connect to a network, setup newwireless||Taskbar, left click on target network|
|Connect to a VPN||Network Connections, Create a new connection, connect to workplace using Wizard||N&SC*, connect to a network, connect to workplace||N&SC*, Setup new connection, connect to workplace|
*Network and Sharing Center control panel applet which can be found in Vista
For more information about Windows security options, read this article in PC World.
Here is more help on understanding network administration tools.