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Monitor a 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 monitor a connection

  1. Open Network Connections.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To monitor activity for the current session, right-click the connection you want to monitor, and then click Status.

    • To automatically enable the status monitor each time the connection is active, right-click the connection, click Properties, and then select the Show icon in taskbar when connected check box.


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

  • If your computer is set up to accept incoming connections, a connection with a user name assigned to it appears in the Network Connections folder as each user connects. You can view the progress of incoming connections by right-clicking a named connection, and then clicking Status.

  • You can also monitor a connection by clicking Status on the File menu or by clicking the status icon in the taskbar. You can also right-click the taskbar icon and click Status.

  • If you want to view the general status (Disconnected, Connected) of all of your connections, on the View menu, click Details.

  • You also can disconnect an active connection by clicking Disconnect in the Status dialog box.

  • By default, the status monitor is disabled for local area connections, but enabled for all other types of connections.

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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