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Section 39. Name the Computer and Join a Workgroup

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OpenSystemPropertiesDialogBox

ClicktheStartmenuandthenright-clicktheMyComputer

icon.SelectPropertiesfromthecontextmenuthatappears.

TheSystemPropertiesdialogboxopens.



Tip

IftheMyComputericonisonyourWindowsdesktop,you



canright-clickittoaccesstheSystemPropertiesdialog

box.



OpenComputerNameChangesDialogBox

OntheComputerNametaboftheSystemProperties

dialogbox,clicktheChangebutton.TheNameChanges

dialogboxopens.

EntertheComputerName

TypeanewnameforyourcomputerintheComputername

textbox.

EntertheWorkgroupName

TypeanewnamefortheworkgroupintheWorkgrouptext

box.Evenifthisisthefirstcomputerthatwillbeamember

oftheworkgroup,typetheworkgroupname;thisaction,in

essence,createsthenewworkgroup.ThenclickOK.A

messageboxappearswelcomingyoutotheworkgroupyou

justcreated.ClickOKtoclosethemessagebox.Another

messageboxopenstellingyouthatyoumustrestartyour

computer,meaningthatthesystemneedstorebootforthe

settingstotakeeffect.ClickOK,andthesystemwillrebootto

Windows.YoucannowbrowsetheworkgroupusingMy

NetworkPlaces.



Note

TheNameChangesdialogboxhasaMorebutton,which

opensadialogboxwhereyoucanentertheDNSsuffixfor

yourcomputer'sname.Becauseyouareusingaworkgroup

asyournetworkstructure,DNS(DomainNameSystem)

informationsuchasthesuffix(suchas.com,.net,.biz)isn't

required;wearenotcreatingacorporatenetworkthat



requiresaDNShierarchy.Inshort,youdon'tneedtoclick

theMorebutton.



RestarttheComputer

ClickOKintheComputerNameChangesmessagebox.

ThenclickOKtoclosethePropertiesdialogbox.ASystem

Settingsmessageboxopens;clickOKtorestartthe

computer.Yourcomputerwillreboot.AfterWindowsloads,

thecomputerisreadytoshareresourceswithother

computersinyourworkgroup.

Toaddothercomputerstothenetwork(workgroup),repeat

steps15.Eachcomputermusthaveauniquenameandbe

madeamemberofyourworkgroup(byenteringthe

workgroupname).



Note

Theworkgroupiscreatedsothatyoucancommunicatewith

othercomputersonyourhomenetwork.Whenyougoonthe

roadandattachtotheInternetatacoffeeshop,hotel,or

restaurantthatprovidesyouwithanInternetconnection

throughyourWiFiadapter,youdon'thavetochangeeitherthe

computernameorworkgroupname.Inthissituation,youare

connectingtotheInternetandnotparticipatinginaworkgroup.

Sowhenhookinguptowirelesshotspots,don'tchangeyour

computernameorworkgroupnamebecauseitisn'tnecessary

andyouwillonlyhavetochangethesettingsbackwhenyou

returnhomeandwanttoconnecttoothercomputersinyour

homeworkgroup.



40.OpenConnectionPropertiesandEnable

Clients,Protocols,andServices

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



AboutConfiguringPCsforNetworking



TheControlPanelprovidesyouwithaccesstoyourlocalarea

connections.Youcanviewtheconnectionsanddisplaythe

propertiesforaparticularnetworkadaptersuchasaWiFi

adapter.ThepropertiesforanadapterconsistoftheWindows

networksettingsfortheWiFiadapterandareaccessedfromthe

LocalAreaConnectionPropertiesdialogbox.Thisdialogbox

iswhereyouconfigureservicessuchasfileandprintsharing

andnetworkprotocolssuchasTCP/IP(whichprovidestheIP

addressfortheadapter).

Foracomputertoparticipateonanetwork(suchasaWindows

workgroup),theWiFinetworkadaptermustbeconfiguredwith

thefollowing:

ClientTheclientissoftwarethatallowsyoutoactuallylog

ontoandparticipateinaparticulartypeofnetwork.Ina

workgroup,theclientsoftwareononecomputercantalkto

theclientsoftwareonanothercomputer.Becauseweare

creatingaWindowsworkgroup,youneedonlyoneclientthe

MicrosoftNetworksclient.



Note

TherearenetworkclientsotherthantheMicrosoftNetworks



client.Forexample,computersthatparticipateonaNovell

network(usingNovellnetworkingsoftware)usetheNovell

client.



ServiceAserviceisanadditionalnetworkfeaturethatcan

beconfiguredforyourlocalareaconnection.Acommon

serviceusedinworkgroupnetworkingistheFileand

PrinterSharingforMicrosoftNetworksservice.This

serviceallowsthecomputersintheworkgrouptosharefiles

andprinterswithothermembersoftheworkgroup.

NetworkProtocolThenetworkprotocolprovidesthe

addressingsystemtobeusedbythecomputers

communicatingonthenetwork.Atleastonenetwork

protocolmustbeenabledandconfiguredforyournetwork

adapter.TCP/IPistheonlyprotocolweneedtogetour

workgroupnetworkupandrunning,andalsotoallowthe

computersontheWiFinetworktoaccesstheInternet

throughtheWiFirouter.

TohaveyourWiFi-enabledcomputerconfiguredsothatitcan

participateinyourWindowsworkgroup,itmustbeconfigured

withtheClientforMicrosoftNetworks(aclient),Fileand

PrinterSharingforMicrosoftNetworks(aservice),andthe

TCP/IPNetworkProtocol.Configuredmeansnotonlyinstalled

onthecomputer,butalsoenabledinthePropertiesdialogbox.

So,youwillfindthataclientsuchasClientforMicrosoft

NetworkscanbelistedinthePropertiesdialogboxbutmight

notbeenabled(thecheckboxfortheclienthasnotbeen

selected).

ThistasklooksatthePropertiesdialogboxforaWiFiadapter,



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