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Microsoft Networking


Create a SUPER ADMIN or Master menu by simply creating a folder with the following MASTER.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} in Windows 7.

Command Prompt Tip
A really cool trick that will enable you to quickly open a CMD window in Windows 7:
- open Windows Explorer
- find the required folder and right-click it while holding the shift button down.
One of the context menus is the "Open Command Prompt Here" option.

Change your IP address with a batch file
I created a batch file to set my ethernet adapter to a static address of Just paste the code into notepad and save it with a BAT extension;
netsh interface ip set address name="Local Area Connection" source=static addr= mask=
netsh interface ip set address name="Local Area Connection" gateway= gwmetric=0 netsh interface ip set dns name="Local Area Connection" source=static addr=
netsh interface ip add dns name="Local Area Connection" addr=

Then I created another one to put me back to DHCP; Rem set LAN card to DHCP
netsh interface ip set address name="Local Area Connection" source=dhcp
netsh interface ip set dns name="Local Area Connection" source=dhcp register=PRIMARY
netsh interface ip set wins name="Local Area Connection" source=dhcp
Windows Support Tools(Windows 2000/XP)
netsh(Windows 2000/XP)
From Microsoft's web site; 
Netsh is a command-line scripting utility that allows you to, either locally or remotely, display or modify the network configuration of a computer that is currently running. Netsh also provides a scripting feature that allows you to run a group of commands in batch mode against a specified computer. Netsh can also save a configuration script in a text file for archival purposes or to help you configure other servers.
Favorite examples;
netsh diag gui
- Shows troubleshooting GUI

Pathping (Windows 2000 or higher)
From Microsoft's web site;
"Provides information about network latency and network loss at intermediate hops between a source and a destination. Pathping sends multiple Echo Request messages to each router between a source and destination over a period of time and then computes results based on the packets returned from each router. Because pathping displays the degree of packet loss at any given router or link, you can determine which routers or subnets might be having network problems. Pathping performs the equivalent of the tracert command by identifying which routers are on the path. It then sends pings periodically to all of the routers over a specified time period and computes statistics based on the number returned from each. Used without parameters, pathping displays help."
Sample output with a WAN problem;
C:\Documents and Settings\Tony Fortunato>pathping
Tracing route to over a maximum of 30 hops
  0  MARVIN.13819_linksys []
  1  13819_linksys.13819_linksys []
  3 []
  4 []
  5 []
  6 []
Computing statistics for 175 seconds...
            Source to Here   This Node/Link
Hop  RTT    Lost/Sent = Pct  Lost/Sent = Pct  Address
  0                                           MARVIN.13819_linksys[]
                                0/ 100 =  0%   |
  1    0ms     0/ 100 =  0%     0/ 100 =  0% 13819_linksys.13819_linksys []
                                0/ 100 =  0%   |
  2   19ms     0/ 100 =  0%     0/ 100 =  0%
                               10/ 100 = 10%   |  3   25ms    19/ 100 = 19%     9/ 100 =  9%  E0-0[]
                                0/ 100 =  0%   |
  4   27ms    12/ 100 = 12%     2/ 100 =  2% []
                                0/ 100 =  0%   |
  5   38ms    10/ 100 = 10%     0/ 100 =  0% []
                                0/ 100 =  0%   |
  6   43ms    14/ 100 = 14%     4/ 100 =  4% atm0-0-0-40 []
                                0/ 100 =  0%   |
  7   43ms    10/ 100 = 10%     0/ 100 =  0%

Display Network Error Statistics (Windows 2000/XP)
This registry entry will display error statistics on the Network Connection Status page for LAN and WAN connections.
Registry Settings System Key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\Connections\ StatMon
Value Name: ShowLanErrors
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = enable error count)
    Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system.
    The Technology Firm will not guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved.
    Use this information at your own risk.

TCP Checksum Errors
I just figured out why I had a bunch of
"TCP CHECKSUM Errors" reported by my protocol analyzer.

 WIN2K Authentication Problem
Daniel Cayer, P.Eng, CCNA documented an authentication problem. 
Thanks Dan.

Bug -SSDP UDP 1900 - June 12, 2004
Alain Lacasse
 If you find a lot of ICMP unreachable packets (debug ip icmp on Cisco rtr) sent by your router to specific workstations, you may have Windows XP PC(s) running either the SSDP service or using SSDP via Windows Messenger to find WM gateways. In both cases, the PC sends UDP packets to port 1900 (SSDP) and the router answers every packet (every 15 secs) with an ICMP unreachable.;en-us;317843 (Solution: find the PC and turn off the service/un-install WM)
Bug -Windows 2000 Does Not Use Configured TCPWindowSize Registry Parameter When Accepting a Connection (Q263088) - July 22, 2002
Windows 2000 does not use the configured TCPWindowSize registry parameter when accepting a connection (SYN-ACKing) if you configure the parameter per interface and if the value is equal to or greater than 64240 (it uses a window size of 17520 instead, if you are using Ethernet).;EN-US;q263088

Bug -Windows TCP/IP May Retransmit Packets Prematurely - January 21, 2001
When you are transmitting data over high-delay networks (for example, satellite links), transfer throughput may be lower than expected and the number of packets retransmitted may be unnecessarily high.
Bug - Microsoft/Cisco - April 27, 2001
From the folks at EDS... 
Interesting Microsoft/Cisco article.
Titled, 'Microsoft XP, Cisco Switch Conflict Crashes Network '
Bug - Microsoft NT Servers - NOVEMBER 29, 2000
Alfio Constantino, Glenn Davies & Tony Fortunato 
The Remote Access Service (RAS) queries for the following name every two minutes by default:
From Microsoft:
If you have a RAS server configured to use WINS or DNS resolution, the queries may be sent across routers or dial-up lines.
As A result, the following event may be written to the system log during the initial startup of your Remote Access Server (RAS) set up to receive TCP/IP dial-in clients:
Event ID: 20026
Source: RemoteAccess
Type: Error
Description: Remote Access Server Security Failure. A network error has occurred when trying to establish a session with the security agent on  LANA x. The error code is the data.
 NOTE: x is the LANA number of your network card.
 In some cases the Remote Access Server service fails to start.
The name JSPNRMPTGSBSSDIR is announced regularly and is a normal occurrence from a Windows NT Server or Workstation computer running the Windows NT Remote Access Service (RAS).
In some cases, a WINS or DNS server may be across a dial-up router on the network. This behavior may cause unnecessary traffic across these  interfaces. A trace from Network Monitor may show queries for the name  JSPNRMPTGSBSSDIR.
Use one of the following methods to prevent this name query from being broadcast:
* Create an LMHOSTS file with the following entry:
where x.x.x.x is an IP address associated with the RAS server's network  interface card.
* If you are using DNS, create an A record for JSPNRMPTGSBSSDIR in the domain for which the DNS server is authoritative.
NOTE: The client (resolver) must have the domain name field in TCPIP/DNS/Domain name populated with the domain name that the A record is created in on the DNS server. If there are entries listed in the domain suffix search order of the client, this must be the first domain listed.