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Network Connections (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

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

Service Name: Netman

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Network Connections service manages objects in Network Connections, where you can view both network and remote connections. This service is responsible for network configuration of client computers. It displays network status in the notification area on the desktop (the area on the taskbar to the right of the taskbar buttons). Configuration parameters can also be accessed through this service.

This service starts automatically when the startup type is Manual and Network Connections is running.

If this service is stopped, client-side configuration for LAN and dial-up or VPN connections are unavailable.

If this service is disabled, the following might result:

  • Connections do not appear in the Connections folder; thus, dial out access is prevented and LAN settings cannot be configured.

  • Other services that use Network Connections to check for network-location-aware Group Policy settings do not function properly.

  • Events pertaining to media connections and disconnections are not received.

  • ICS does not function correctly.

  • The ability to configure incoming connections, wireless settings, or your home network is unavailable.

  • New connections are not created.

  • Any services that explicitly depend on this service will fail to start.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Manual

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components:

Remote Procedure Call

The following system components depend on this service: Internet Connection Firewall (ICF)/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

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