Windows 7 / Networking

Network Awareness

More applications are connecting to the Internet to look for updates, download real-time information, and facilitate collaboration between users. However, creating applications that can adapt to changing network conditions has been difficult for developers. Network Awareness enables applications to sense changes to the network to which the computer is connected, such as closing a mobile PC at work and then opening it at a coffee shop wireless hotspot. This enables Windows Vista and Windows 7 to alert applications of network changes. The application can then behave differently, providing a seamless experience.

For example, Windows Firewall with Advanced Security can take advantage of Network Awareness to automatically allow incoming traffic from network management tools when the computer is on the corporate network but block the same traffic when the computer is on a home network or wireless hotspot. Network Awareness can therefore provide flexibility on your internal network without sacrificing security when mobile users travel.

Applications can also take advantage of Network Awareness. For example, if a user disconnects from a corporate internal network and then connects to his or her home network, an application could adjust security settings and request that the user establish a VPN connection to maintain connectivity to an intranet server. New applications can go offline or online automatically as mobile users move between environments. In addition, software vendors can integrate their software into the network logon process more easily because Windows Vista and Windows 7 enable access providers to add custom connections for use during logon.

Network Awareness benefits only applications that take advantage of the new API and does not require any management or configuration. For Network Awareness to function, the Network Location Awareness and Network List Service services must be running.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Configuring Windows Networking
  2. Usability Improvements
  3. Network And Sharing Center
  4. Network Explorer
  5. How Windows Finds Network Resources
  6. How Windows Publishes Network Resources
  7. How Windows Creates the Network Map
  8. Network Map
  9. Set Up A Connection Or Network Wizard
  10. Manageability Improvements
  11. Network Location Types
  12. Policy-Based QoS
  13. Selecting DSCP Values
  14. Planning Traffic Throttling
  15. Configuring QoS Policies
  16. Configuring System-Wide QoS Settings
  17. Configuring Advanced QoS Settings
  18. Testing QoS
  19. Windows Firewall and IPsec
  20. Windows Connect Now in Windows 7
  21. Core Networking Improvements
  22. Networking BranchCache
  23. How Hosted Cache Works
  24. How Distributed Cache Works
  25. Configuring BranchCache
  26. BranchCache Protocols
  27. File Sharing Using SMB
  28. Web Browsing with HTTP (Including HTTPS)
  29. DNSsec
  30. GreenIT
  31. Efficient Networking
  32. What Causes Latency, How to Measure It, and How to Control It
  33. TCP Receive Window Scaling
  34. Scalable Networking
  35. Improved Reliability
  36. IPv6 Support
  37. 802.1X Network Authentication
  38. Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0
  39. Strong Host Model
  40. Wireless Networking
  41. Improved APIs
  42. Network Awareness
  43. Improved Peer Networking
  44. Services Used by Peer-to-Peer Networking
  45. Managing Peer-to-Peer Networking
  46. Peer-to-Peer Name Resolution
  47. EAP Host Architecture
  48. Layered Service Provider (LSP)
  49. Windows Sockets Direct Path for System Area Networks
  50. How to Configure Wireless Settings
  51. Configuring Wireless Settings Manually
  52. Using Group Policy to Configure Wireless Settings
  53. How to Configure TCP/IP
  54. DHCP
  55. Configuring IP Addresses Manually
  56. Command Line and Scripts
  57. How to Connect to AD DS Domains
  58. How to Connect to a Domain When 802.1X Authentication Is Not Enabled
  59. How to Connect to a Domain When 802.1X Authentication Is Enabled