Physical Network Interface

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

A physical network interface is the network adapter. A network adapter is a piece of hardware dedicated to capturing and pre-processing data packets arriving at a host computer.


The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

TCP/IP Network Interface Configuration

The network configuration interface settings of your computer determine the way in which it communicates with other computers and devices on the network.

TCP/IP Network Interface Connectivity

TCP/IP network interface connectivity allows your computer to communicate with other hosts on your network and the Internet. Connectivity might be full (Internet and intranet), partial (local subnet only), or non-existent.

TCP/IP Network Performance

Network performance encompasses all aspects of data transfer performance, such as download and upload speeds, number of packets dropped versus packets delivered, and the round-trip time of connections.

These aspects of network performance might be affected by congestion in the network. In the case of wireless networks, signal attenuation, electromagnetic interference, and the mobility of the host also affect network performance.

TCP/IP Traffic Shaping/Scheduling

Traffic shaping determines prioritization of traffic classes. By assigning different resources (bandwidth) to different traffic classes, the system can better respond to critical service requests.