Quick tip on getting the Network Connections control panel applet, do one of the following:
- WIN+R, ncpa.cpl<enter>
- CTRL-SHIFT-ESC, Applications, File, New Task, ncpa.cpl <enter>
This will give you quick access to changing network settings, useful if you have no mouse… as per a workstation I’m working on right now.
One of the things that has irked me about Vista has been how hard (read how many clicks it takes) to get to the Network Connections in Vista. Thus here is how to create a shortcut to take you straight there.
Right click on your desktop | New | Shortcut |
| Next | enter an appropriate name like Network Connections | Finish and bingo, you now have a shortcut to take you straight there.
Setting up a remote user today, who has a network printer on their local network which they want available to the RDP session (over VPN).
RDP doesn’t by default redirect non COM/LPT/USB ports – i.e. an IP port.
Thankfully, a simple registry edit noted in MS KB 302361 makes it easy to tell XP to redirect other ports.
I can’t recall which web site I found this via, and have not had time to play further with it, but it looks very interesting: that is tweaking the settings to mimimise network traffic caused by “Server Message Block (SMB)” with Windows Explorer.
If anyone has used these tweaks, I’d like to hear what your experience has been.