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Make a local area connection

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To make a local area connection

  • Typically, most computers running a member of the Windows Server 2003 family are connected to a local area network. When you start your computer, your network adapter is detected and the local area connection automatically starts. Unlike other types of connections, the local area connection is created automatically, and you do not have to click the local area connection in order to start it.

Once the local area connection is running, you can choose to disable it. To do so, do the following.

  1. Open Network Connections.

  2. Right-click the LAN or High Speed Internet connection that you want to disable.

  3. Click Disable.

If you need to enable a disabled LAN or High Speed Internet connection, do the following.

  1. Right-click the connection that you want to enable.

  2. Click Enable.


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

  • A local area connection is automatically created for each network adapter that is detected.

  • If more than one network adapter is installed, you can eliminate possible confusion by immediately renaming each local area connection to reflect the network that it connects to.

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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