Network and Sharing Center Tools

Updated: February 7, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The following tools are associated with the Network and Sharing Center.

The Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) is an optional component included with Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server® 2008.

CMAK allows an administrator to build a predefined connection to a remote network. The connection profile can be distributed to all users who need access to that network. By using CMAK, you can include a phone book of dial-up numbers or VPN server names that can be dynamically updated from the Web every time the connection is made. Security settings can be applied and enforced. Connection profiles can be created that are compatible with Windows Vista® only, or also backward-compatible with earlier versions of Windows.

Available for download from Microsoft Download Center at

Compatible with Windows XP only.

The Network Map in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 diagrams the connections between network devices to help you troubleshoot connectivity problems. Network Map uses a discovery protocol called Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) in order to query the other devices on the network to determine how the network is organized. Computers running Windows Vista include the software components that implement the LLTD protocol. For computers running Windows XP to appear on the Network Map diagram, you must download and install the LLTD Responder component. With the LLTD Responder, a computer running Windows XP can respond to other Windows Vista computers on the network that are attempting to create a network map.

For more information, see "Network Map Does Not Display Computers Running Windows XP" in the Windows Vista Technical Library ( and "Install the LLTD Responder on a Computer Running Windows XP" in the Network and Sharing Center Operations Guide (

The Netsh command line tool provides many options for viewing information about and managing your wired and wireless network connections.

For more information about using Netsh commands on wireless connections, see For more information about using Netsh commands on wired LAN connections, see

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