Along with a display of existing connections, the Network Connections folder contains a list of network tasks, including Create a new connection, which you can double-click to start the New Connection Wizard. Use the New Connection Wizard to create dynamic connections, including Internet connections, VPN connections to the workplace, direct connections to another computer, and incoming connections. Outgoing connections contact a remote access or VPN server by using a configured access method—such as a LAN, dial-up modem, or ISDN line—to establish a connection with the network.
The New Connection icon always appears in the Network Connections folder. It starts the New Connection Wizard, which guides you through the process of creating all connection types, except for local area connections. The steps in the wizard guide you through the configuration options for each type of connection. The wizard enables you to select among three common connection types. Each connection type is then automatically configured with the most appropriate defaults for most cases. Figure 25-3 shows the three connection types: Connect to the Internet, Connect to the network at my workplace, and Set up an advanced connection. In addition, Windows XP Service Pack 1a adds a fourth option, Set up a home or small office network, that lets you start the Network Setup Wizard, which is described later in this chapter in “Configuring Home Networks.”
Enables the graphics, icons, messages, Help, and phone book support in Connection Manager to be customized to provide an identity that is unique to a service or corporation. For example, you can include custom logos, customer support, and phone book information to identify and represent a company.
Custom actions and monitored applications
Custom functionality, including original programs, can be incorporated to enhance the connection experience of users. These programs can be automatically run at various points during the connection process, such as when users log on or log off. Monitored applications can be set up to automatically disconnect after the original program closes.
Multiple instances of Connection Manager 1.3
Allows remote users to run more than one Connection Manager service profile at a time. For example, users can run an Internet solution at the same time they run a corporate VPN tunnel.
Multiple user support for each service profile
Supports users who share computers. User profiles allow two or more people to use the same computer and the same service profile. Credentials are maintained, based on the logon ID of the user, so users do not have to re-enter them for each connection.
CMAK Wizard can be used on a Windows 2000–based server or Windows Server 2003–based server to automatically build a service profile, the customized software required for a user to run Connection Manager on Windows XP Professional. The service profile is created as an executable file that can be distributed on compact disc or downloaded to the client.
Used to save frequently used connection settings.
Provides informational balloon help for Access Points and Dialing Rules.
Setup automatically creates a local area connection for each network adapter. This connection is preconfigured with the services needed for file and print sharing and the TCP/IP protocol. All other types of connections can be created by using Create a new connection in the Network Connections folder.
The core components required for IP over ATM are roughly the same as those required for LANE, as both approaches require the mapping of a connectionless medium to a connection-oriented medium, and vice versa. In IP over ATM, an IP ATMARP (ATM Address Resolution Protocol) server on each IP subnet maintains a database of IP and ATM addresses and provides configuration and broadcast emulation services.