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IP Version 4 (IPv4)

Updated: January 7, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

TCP/IP for IP version 4 (IPv4) is a networking protocol suite that Microsoft Windows uses to communicate over the Internet with other computers. It interacts with Windows naming services like DNS and security technologies, IPsec primarily, as these help facilitate the successful and secure transfer of IP packets between computers.

Ideally, TCP/IP is used whenever Windows-based computers communicate over networks.

Windows Server® 2008 provides extensive support for the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite, as both a protocol and a set of services for connectivity and management of IP internetworks. Knowledge of the basic concepts of TCP/IP is an absolute requirement for the proper understanding of the configuration, deployment, and troubleshooting of IP-based Windows Server 2008 intranets.

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