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Chapter 14. Command-Line Programs > Networking Utilities

Networking Utilities

Networking is one the strongest features of Windows, and this shows in the breadth of command-line utilities provided for network management and debugging. Besides the tools provided to manage Windows networking for file and printer sharing, Windows comes with a whole set of standard TCP/IP programs that any Unix user will find instantly familiar. The Berkeley Unix “r” programs and the Unix printer programs lpq and lpr are here, as are standard TCP/IP tools such as ping, ftp, and nslookup. I don't have room to describe all the networking tools provided with Windows, but I've chosen six that I've found to be extremely useful. You can find the others listed in Appendix E.

ipconfig

Ipconfig is a handy utility that shows you the status of your computer's TCP/IP networking configuration. It's especially useful when you use dial-up networking, Virtual Private Networking (VPN), or LAN adapters with automatic IP address assignment, because ipconfig can tell you what IP address information has been assigned to these dynamically configured connections. Ipconfig can also release and re-request automatically assigned IP addresses for your LAN adapters.


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