Networking information for IT pros

This topic provides links to information about Windows networking technologies, and is organized into three sections:

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 resources

This section provides links to information about networking technologies that are documented in the Windows Server TechCenter Library, in the Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 Networking collection.

Networking collections

The Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Networking collection provides documentation that is categorized by technology: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=139900.

Foundation Network Guides

Learn how to deploy a foundation network and related technologies with the Foundation Network Guides collection, available in HTML format in the Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Library: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=108433.

The following is a sample of the guides that are available in the Foundation Network Guides collection, and a brief description of each guide:

  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation Network Guide. Learn how to deploy a foundation network with Active Directory Domain Services, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and other network technologies. The Windows Server 2008 Foundation Network Guide is available at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=106252.

  • Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying Server Certificates. Learn how to autoenroll server certificates to Network Access Protection (NPS) and Routing and Remote Access-based virtual private network (VPN) servers using Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) and Group Policy. The Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying Server Certificates guide is available at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=108258.

  • Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying Computer and User Certificates. Learn how to deploy client computer and user certificates with Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS). When you deploy Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) – Transport Level Security (TLS) or Protected EAP (PEAP) – TLS, certificates are required for the authentication of servers, clients, and users during network connection attempts through network access servers, such as 802.1X authenticating switches and wireless access points, virtual private network (VPN) servers, and computers running either Windows Server 2008 and Terminal Services Gateway (TS Gateway) or Windows Server 2008 R2 and Remote Desktop Gateway. The Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying Computer and User Certificates is available in HTML format: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=113884.

  • Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying 802.1X Authenticated Wired Access with PEAP-MS-CHAP v2. Learn how to deploy 802.1X authenticated wired access by using Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol-Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol version 2 (PEAP-MS-CHAP v2) for password based authentication. The Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying 802.1X Authenticated Wired Access with PEAP-MS-CHAP v2 is available in HTML format: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=134845.

  • Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying 802.1X Authenticated Wireless Access with PEAP-MS-CHAP v2. Learn how to deploy 802.1X authenticated wireless access by using Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol-Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol version 2 (PEAP-MS-CHAP v2). The Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying 802.1X Authenticated Wireless Access with PEAP-MS-CHAP v2 is available in HTML format: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=131325.

  • Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying Group Policy by Using Membership Groups. This companion guide to the Foundation Network Guide provides instructions about how to deploy Group Policy objects (GPOs) to domain joined computers independent from the organizational unit hierarchy of the domain. Membership in a single membership group causes the correct GPO to be applied to the computer, with filters ensuring that a GPO for one version of Windows is not unintentionally applied to a different version. The Foundation Network Companion Guide: Deploying Group Policy by Using Membership Groups is available in HTML format: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=126638.

Foundation Network Guides are also available for download at the Microsoft Download Center: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54949. You can search for these guides in the Microsoft Download Center: In Search, select Windows, in the space provided, type all or a portion of the title of the guide that you want to download, and then click Go.

What’s new in Windows Server 2008 R2 networking

The Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 operating systems include networking enhancements that make it easier for users to get connected and stay connected regardless, of their location or type of network. These enhancements also enable IT professionals to meet the needs of their business in a secure, reliable, and flexible way.

You can find information about new networking features for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows® 7 in What’s New in Networking, in the Windows Server TechCenter Library: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=142401. New networking features covered in the topic include:

  • DirectAccess, which enables users to access an enterprise network without the extra step of initiating a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

  • VPN Reconnect, which automatically reestablishes a VPN connection as soon as Internet connectivity is restored, saving users from reentering their credentials and re-creating the VPN connection.

  • BranchCache, which enables updated content from file and Web servers on a wide area network (WAN) to be cached on computers at a local branch office, increasing application response time and reducing WAN traffic.

  • URL-based Quality of Service (QoS), which enables you to assign a priority level to traffic based on the URL from which the traffic originates.

  • Mobile broadband device support, which provides a driver-based model for devices that are used to access a mobile broadband network.

Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 resources

This section provides links to information about networking technologies that are documented in the Windows Server TechCenter Library, in the Windows Server 2003 Technical Library: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=143113. The networking resources listed in this section are organized by content type.

Product Help

The following is a list of links that directs you to networking documentation in the Windows Server 2003 Product Help, on the Microsoft TechNet Web site.

Windows Server 2003 deployment documentation

The Windows Server 2003 Deployment Guide provides guidelines and recommended processes for designing and deploying Windows Server 2003 family technologies to meet your business needs and IT goals.

Technical Reference

Windows Server 2003 offers a wide variety of technologies to meet the complex needs of connected environments. The networking technologies in Windows Server 2003 are designed to support all types of businesses, from small-inter-office network configurations to the largest enterprise solutions. The Networking Collection Technical Reference categorizes technologies into the following sub-collection:

Additional resources