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Chapter 23. Accessing and Using Your Network

Chapter 23. Accessing and Using Your Network

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In Chapter 22, “Setting Up a Small Network,” you saw that connecting to a network in Vista is either automatic (in the case of most wired connections) or requires just a few steps (in the case of most wireless networks). You also saw that the new Network and Sharing Center makes it easy to work with your network connections. So far, Vista appears to be the best Windows networking client we’ve seen from Microsoft to date. However, the networking proof is in the access pudding, which is to say that a networking client is only as good as its capability to access the network and use its resources. How does Vista fare in that regard? I’m afraid the results are mixed. Vista sometimes doesn’t work well with remote non-Vista machines, and accessing shared folders is a bit harder because Vista no longer supports XP′s Network Places (shortcuts to shared folders). On the plus side, Vista gives you many more options for sharing resources, it makes using network files offline a bit easier, and it comes with Windows Meeting Space—a powerful application for running networked meetings and presentation.


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