Networking and communications are critical for organizations to meet the challenge of competing in the global marketplace.Employees need to connect to the network wherever they are and from any device.Partners, vendors, and others outside the network need to interact efficiently with key resources, and security is more important than ever.
With Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, IT administrators have greater and more flexible options for managing networking infrastructure, protecting their networks by requiring computers to prove their system health, deploying settings for authenticated wireless and wired connections through Group Policy or scripts, and deploying protected traffic scenarios.
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista include a new implementation of the TCP/IP protocol stack known as the Next Generation TCP/IP stack.
The Next Generation TCP/IP stack is a complete redesign of TCP/IP functionality for both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) that meets the connectivity and performance needs of today's varied networking environments and technologies.
For a complete list of resources, see the Next Generation TCP/IP Stack Web page.
The TCP receive window size is the amount of data that a TCP receiver allows a TCP sender to send before having to wait for an acknowledgement.
To correctly determine the value of the maximum receive window size for a connection based on the current conditions of the network, the Next Generation TCP/IP stack supports Receive Window Auto-Tuning.Receive Window Auto-Tuning continually determines the optimal receive window size on a per-connection basis by measuring the bandwidth-delay product (the bandwidth multiplied by the latency of the connection) and the application retrieve rate, and automatically adjusts the maximum receive window size on an ongoing basis.The Microsoft Windows Installer Clean Up Utility is a free program from Microsoft that enables you to remove installation files that are accidentally left behind during a program uninstallation or files that cannot be removed that cause your program installations to fail.According to the Microsoft site, the utility program does not uninstall program for you; in order to uninstall a program it is recommended to use the Add/Remove Programs tool found in the Control Panel or to use the uninstaller tool that comes with your program.Writer: Joe Davies Abstract Introduction Protocols and Core Networking Components Wireless and 802.1X-based Wired Connections Network Infrastructure Removal of Technologies Summary Related Links Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Vista™ include many changes and enhancements to networking technologies.This article describes the changes to protocols and core networking components, wireless and 802.1X-authenticated wired technologies, and network infrastructure components and services in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.