Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Controlling Communication with the Internet

Updated: December 16, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

This document provides information about the communication that flows between the features in Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 and sites on the Internet. It also describes steps to take to limit, control, or prevent that communication in an organization with many users.

For more information about what is and is not covered in this document, see Introduction to Controlling Communication with the Internet in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

For a downloadable version of this document, see Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Controlling Communication with the Internet in the Microsoft® Download Center.

Previous versions of this document discussed the client and server versions of Windows separately, although most of the information and guidance pertained to both. This document combines the information about Internet communication as it pertains to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. If applicable, differences in how a feature is implemented in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are noted in each section. For example, certain features that are included automatically in Windows 7 must be installed separately on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2.

The following sections of the document pertain only to Windows Server 2008 R2:

The following sections of this document pertain to both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2:

The following appendices provide additional valuable information that pertains to both Windows 7and Windows Server 2008 R2:

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