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January 6, 2003—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

2. FAQS

Q. How can I prevent Windows XP's Network Bridge feature from forwarding network packets?
Q. How can I change the "Windows Update" text that appears under the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) Tools menu?
Q. How can I disable the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) check for command sessions?
Q. How can I install the Network Monitor client under Windows XP?
Q. How can I connect the Microsoft Outlook 2002 client to an IBM Lotus Domino R5 server?
Q. How can I use Telnet to access a news server?

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

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4. CONTACT US
See this section for a list of ways to contact us.


1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, jsavill@winnetmag.com)

This week, I tell you how to prevent Windows XP's Network Bridge feature from forwarding network packets, how to change the "Windows Update" text that appears under the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) Tools menu, and how to disable the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) check for command sessions. I also explain how to install the Network Monitor client under XP, how to connect a Microsoft Outlook 2002 client to an IBM Lotus Domino R5 server, and how to use Telnet to access a news server.


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2. FAQS

Q. How can I prevent Windows XP's Network Bridge feature from forwarding network packets?

A. The Network Bridge feature in XP Professional Edition and XP Home Edition can forward network packets; however, this capability can cause major problems on some networks. To permanently disable packet forwarding, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BridgeMP registry subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value; enter the name DisableForwarding; then press Enter.
  4. Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
  5. Close the registry editor.
  6. Reboot the machine for the change to take effect.

Thanks to Brian Howson for providing this tip.

Q. How can I change the "Windows Update" text that appears under the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) Tools menu?

A. IE includes a link to Windows Update under the Tools menu. You can change the text that appears for this link by performing the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer registry subkey, or create the Internet Explorer registry subkey if it doesn't exist.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, String Value; enter the name Windows Update Menu Text; then press Enter.
  4. Double-click the new value, type the text you want to display for the Windows Update link, then click OK.
  5. Log off and log on for the change to take effect.

Q. How can I disable the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) check for command sessions?

A. In a previous FAQ, I describe how to navigate to a UNC path from a command session. To disable the UNC check during a command session so that you can use a UNC path as the current folder from the command prompt, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor registry subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value; enter the name DisableUNCCheck; then press Enter.
  4. Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
  5. Close the registry editor.
  6. Log off and log on for the change to take effect.

Q. How can I install the Network Monitor client under Windows XP?

A. Windows 2000 includes a Network Monitor agent for use with Network Monitor, but XP doesn't include such an agent. However, Microsoft included the netcap.exe utility as part of the Support Tools on the XP CD-ROM. Netcap is a command-line tool that provides capabilities similar to Network Monitor. On the first execution, Netcap installs the Network Monitor driver and binds it to all network adapters, which lets the full Network Monitor product operate against the machine.

For full Help, type

netcap /?

If you want to remove the Network Monitor driver, simply type

c:\> netcap /remove

The tool is also useful for checking the index numbers of adapters. For example, you would use the following values to check the index numbers for the following adapters:

(default)   0 = ETHERNET (000625089EF6) Wireless Network Connection
            1 = ETHERNET (000102220C06) Local Area Connection
            2 = ETHERNET (1C1220524153) WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface

Q. How can I connect the Microsoft Outlook 2002 client to an IBM Lotus Domino R5 server?

A. Microsoft has released an add-in that lets the Outlook 2002 client access a Domino R5 server. You can download the add-in for no charge at http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/journ/outxpcon.htm . The add-in has some limitations, which the download page explains.

Q. How can I use Telnet to access a news server?

A. Most of us use a news client (e.g., Microsoft Outlook Express) to access public newsgroups. However, the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) used for newsgroups is quite simple, and you can access a news server from a Telnet client by specifying port 119. For example, from the command prompt, type

C:\> telnet msnews.microsoft.com 119

You'll be greeted with a prompt specifying the NNTP service version—for example,

200 NNTP Service 5.00.0984 Version: 5.0.2195.4386 Posting Allowed

You can use several commands to control the newsgroup Telnet session. The available commands include

  • LIST—displays a list of all newsgroups on the server. The output will show the group name, the last article ID, the first article ID, and an indicator to specify whether you can post to the newsgroup.
  • GROUP <group name>—moves to a particular group.
  • HEAD <article ID>—displays the header of a specified article (if you don't specify an article ID, the command uses the current article and selects the first article in the group upon moving to a new group).
  • BODY <article ID>—displays the body of a specified article.
  • ARTICLE <article ID>—displays the header and body of a specified article.
  • NEXT—moves to the next article.
  • LAST—moves to the previous article.
  • HELP—provides Help from the news server.
  • >
  • POST—posts a new article to the group. You must include the following information:
  post
  From: <your email address>
  Newsgroups: <newsgroup name (e.g., microsoft.test)>
  Subject: <subject>

  <message text>

  .
You must enter a period (.) on a blank line to finish.
  • QUIT—exits the news server.
  • For more information about NNTP, visit http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc977.html.

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