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Lesson 13. Using My Network Places > Logging On to a Network

Logging On to a Network

To gain access to your network and identify your computer to other computers on your network, you are required to log on. You remain logged on until you are finished using the network. Then you log off. You may log off and leave your computer running so others can access your resources through the network (if you have shared resources). Alternately, when you shut down Windows 2000, it will automatically log you off the network, and your computer will not appear to other users in My Network Places. You are also logged off automatically when you turn off your computer.

To log on, you usually need to type your username and password. The username that appears when you log on to Windows and the password you enter are those that you or the system administrator created. The devices provide security not only for your work, but also for the entire network. Therefore, someone who does not know his or her username and password cannot log on the network. Your log on screen will look the same, or very similar to Figure 13.2.


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