How Do I ... Connect Windows XP to the UWO Network

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Introduction

This document describes how to connect a Windows XP machine to the Campus Backbone Network (and the Internet). An example of such an on-campus connection is a PC in an office at UWO that has a direct backbone connection. To connect the Windows XP machine to the RezNet network, all the same steps apply with the exception of the configuration of the TCP/IP protocol. Configuration for RezNet is included in section 3.2.2.

WARNING: You must have your Windows XP installation diskettes or CD-ROM handy in order to correctly install the networking components (some sections require copying files from the installation disks). If you do not have them, do not proceed with the instructions in this document.

Requirements:

  • Windows XP and a network card installed.
  • The PC must be registered in the DNS and have an IP number.
  • If the machine will be using RezNet, the student must have gone through the on-line registration process which will generate an IP number on RezNet for them.

Installation

Verify that the appropriate client and protocols are installed:

Click Start, Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections, then Network Connections. Click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties on the File menu.
Confirm that in the Connect Using box, that it has the appropriate Network Adapter. Then check the components used by this connection, they will have a checkmark beside each of them.

You may see the following components:

  •  Internet Protocol(TCP/IP). This is the protocol for the Internet. 
  • Client for Microsoft Networks. This is the entry for the Microsoft client. It is only necessary if you want to run a peer-to-peer network. 
  • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks. This is the entry for File and Print Sharing, and is not needed unless you plan on sharing your files or printer with other users on the network.

Install the Network Adapter

If Windows XP was installed with the network card (adapter) present, the correct driver for that card should already be installed. Plug and Play network cards (such as Intel Pro\100 Adapter) will automatically be detected by Windows XP.

If you need to install the driver now, please follow the steps below:(WARNING, you will need the manufacturers disk to install the network adapter correctly).

Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Printers and other hardware, then click Add Hardware.
This will now open the windows hardware wizard. Click Next,
From the next dialog window select Yes, I have already connected the hardware, then click Next
If you don't see your network adapter in the list, select Add a new hardware Device, and click Next.
In the next wizard dialog box select Install the hardware that I manually select from a list, and click Next.
At this point you will need to select Network Adapters, and click Next.
This will now bring up a list of adapters, if your adapter is there select it and click Next. If your network adapter doesn't show up in the list put the disk that came from the manufacturer with the network adapter, and click Have Disk.
Then Select your card from the list and click Next, and then click Finish.
Restart your computer.

Install the Clients

To install the clients, follow the instructions below:

Click Start, Control Panel, from the Control Panel click Network and Internet Connections, then Network Connections.
Click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties from File menu.
Click Install.
Select Client , then click Add, from the list select Client for Microsoft Networks.
Click OK.
Allow the computer to restart.

Install the Protocols

To install the protocols, follow the instructions below:

Click Start, Control Panel, from the Control Panel click Network and Internet Connections, then Network Connections.
Click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties from File menu.
Click Install.
Click on Protocol , then click on Add, click on TCP/IP.
Click OK.
Allow the computer to restart.

Configuration

Configure the Network Adapter

In the Control Panel , double click the Network and Internet Connections icon, followed by Network Connections.
Then Click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties on the File menu. Below the network card adapter (e.g. Intel Pro/100 Adapter).
Click the Configure button.
In the General tab, make sure that the Device status states that the device is working properly.
Click the Resources tab. You will find the I/O address range, the IRQ Interrupt and Memory Address settings here.
Click OK

NOTE: For older network cards, the information in the Resources section may not be correct. You need to check the correct network card settings using the diagnostic program that came with the card (e.g. ezstart) and input them into this section. You can run the diagnostic program from a Command prompt window. Windows XP should automatically recognize the information on newer plug and play cards.

 

Finding the Network Card Address

Click the START button and choose Run.... Enter command

This will give you a pop up black box. Type in ipconfig /all
This should give you the IP information including the network card address.

The correct network card address should be registered in the DNS file.

Configure the TCP/IP Protocol for accessing the Internet

Click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties on the File menu. Click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Click the Properties button.

This will give the TCP/IP Properties window. Do not click OK until you configure all the sections below otherwise you will be exited from the Properties window.

There are two ways to configure the TCP/IP Protocol - Static and Dynamic (DHCP) configuration. Using Dynamic IP configuration is simpler, easier to maintain and more flexible when configurations change.

Static IP Configuration

At many sites each machine is assigned a static configuration which will not change -- or at least should not change that often. You should talk to your site manager first to obtain the configuration information for your system. At those sites follow these instructions:

Note well: the Reznet does NOT assign static configurations. See below for instructions on using Dynamic IP Configuration

In General

Click 
Use the following IP address
Fill in your IP address (129.100.xxx.yyy)
Fill in the Subnet mask (255.255.255.0)
Fill in Default Gateway (129.100.xxx.1)
Click 
Use the following DNS server addresses
type 129.100.2.12 in preferred DNS server
type 129.100.2.51 in Alternate DNS server

Click Advanced.. in the bottom right corner

  1. IP Settings tab

    You should see the information in IP address, Subnet mask and Default gateways listed the same as you've entered from above.

  2. DNS tab
    In "DNS server addresses, in order to use:", you should see:
    	129.100.2.12
    129.100.2.51
    Click 
    Add
    type 129.100.74.79 and click
    Add

    Click on: Append these DNS suffixes (in order)

    Click 
    Add
    type uwo.ca and click
    Add
    Remove check mark: Register this connection's addresses in DNS

    Each time you click the Add button, the entry you just typed in will appear in the box below.

  3. WINS tab

    Below in WINS addresses, in order of use:, it should be a white box
    The following lines should be checked or marked:

     	Enable LMHOSTS lookup

    Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP
  4. Options tab

    Click on TCP/IP filtering and then click on Properties
    Make sure Enable TCP/IP Filtering (All adapters) is NOT marked and Permit All is marked on 3 columns.
    Then click OK.

Dynamic IP Configuration

At many sites (e.g. on the Reznet) machines are dynamically configured by a central DHCP server (some sites support their own DHCP server, others rely on a central DHCP server managed by ITS). You should talk to your site manager first to determine if the site supports dynamic configuration. At those sites follow these instructions:

In General

Click 
Obtain an IP address automatically
Click 
Obtain DNS server address automatically
Click 
Advanced.. in the bottom right corner
  1. IP Settings tab

    You should see DHCP Enabled below the IP address column and blank below on Default Gateways.

     

  2. DNS tab

    In "DNS server addresses, in order to use:", you should see blank in the white box

    The following lines should be marked or checked:

    Append primary and connection specific DNS suffixes
    Append parent suffixes of the primary DNS suffix

     

  3. WINS tab

    Below in WINS addresses, in order of use:, it should be a white box

    The following lines should be checked or marked:

     	Enable LMHOSTS lookup

    Use NetBIOS setting from the DHCP server
  4. Options tab

    Click on TCP/IP filtering and then click on Properties

    Make sure Enable TCP/IP Filtering (All adapters) is NOT marked and Permit All is marked on 3 columns.

    Then click OK.

Click the OK button at the very bottom of the screen (it may be partially obscured). This will save all the above settings and exit from the Properties window back to the Network window. Click OK to exit. You may be asked to restart Windows XP.

Using IP Applications

Make sure you have followed the instructions in section 3.2 Configure the TCP/IP Protocol for accessing the Internet. You can now run 16 and 32 bit IP (Internet) programs.

Error & Information for new computers

If you are unable to connect to the network backbone, please record the error message and contact ITS helpdesk at 519 661-3800.

Note: For faculty/staff - You need to contact the helpdesk to register your computer if your computer is new before you can connect.

For Reznet - You will have to register your computer by clicking onto the browser once you connect the cable from your computer to your room before you can connect.

 

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