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Enable a network component

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To enable a network component

  1. Open Network Connections.

  2. Right-click a connection, and then click Properties.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • If this is a local area connection, on the General tab, in This connection uses the following items, select the check box next to the client, service, or protocol you want to enable.

    • If this is a dial-up or VPN connection, on the Networking tab, in This connection uses the following items, select the check box next to the client, service, or protocol you want to enable.

    • If this is an incoming connection, on the Networking tab, in Network components, select the check box next to the client, service, or protocol you want to enable.

Notes

  • To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network Connections.

  • You should only enable the network components that you need, for the following reasons:

    • Network performance is enhanced and network traffic is reduced when only the required protocols and clients are enabled.

    • If your computer encounters a problem with a network or dial-up connection, it attempts to establish connectivity by using every network protocol that is installed and enabled. By only enabling the protocols that your system can use, the operating system does not attempt to connect with protocols it cannot use, and returns status information to you more efficiently.

    • Excessive services can hinder performance on your local computer.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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