Establish Network Connections
Updated: October 14, 2010
Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7
Windows automatically installs and configures local area network (LAN) adapters; however there are several other ways to connect to other networks. Windows supports direct LAN connections and WLAN connections as well as connections that are started only when required, such as connections to remote networks using VPN, dial-up, or Broadband connections.
Before you can connect to a network, you must provide the required information for Windows to successfully communicate and authenticate with the access server that provides the access to the network.
To complete this task, you can perform the following procedures:
Create a Local Area Network (LAN) connection
Connect to a network
Create a wireless network connection
Create a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection
Create a dial-up or ISDN connection