Network and Sharing Center Operations Guide

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

This guide provides information about administering the Network and Sharing Center in Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Vista®, and Windows Server® 2008.


Unless otherwise specified, the procedures in this guide apply to all operating system versions listed above.

Network and Sharing Center provides a centralized location where you can view, create, and modify local area network (LAN), wireless local area network (WLAN), virtual private network (VPN), dial-up, and Broadband connections on your client and server computers. In addition, you can configure connections to the local computer and sharing options that specify the content that is available to other computers and devices on the network; and you can use Network and Sharing Center tools like Network Map and Network Location to view and specify additional settings about networks and network profiles.


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In this guide

You can use the tasks and information in the following sections to administer Network and Sharing Center.