Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Windows 10 network settings, part of Windows 10: Administration.
- In this section, we're going to talk about some of the network settings in Windows 10. Off the Start menu, I'll go to Settings, and I'll choose the category for Network & Internet, and we're going to look at each of the options on the left-hand side. Your computer might have slightly different options, depending on what you have installed. But these are the most common options we see. The first one is Data usage, which shows how much data I've used in the past 30 days. Typically, for a wired, corporate connection, this is not much of a concern, but certainly if you have some sort of metered connection, for example, on a laptop if you're using cellular data, you're going to want to keep track of how much data you're using in a certain timeframe to prevent overage charges.
So we can get to that easily from the Data usage tab. The next item down is VPN. From here, we have one option, Add a VPN connection. I'll go ahead and click on that. And it takes me to a pretty simple interface for creating new VPN connections. It asks me for the provider. By default, you only have one option, Windows (built-in). If you install VPN software from a particular vendor, you will get additional options in this drop-down.
But the Windows provider is adequate for most situations. It does support several different VPN types, including Point to Point Tunneling Protocol, Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol, Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol, and IKEv2, that will cover most of your VPN needs. And we do have the option for different types of authentication, either User name and password, or Smart card. I'll go ahead and hit Cancel there to go back to the Network & Internet settings.
The next option down is Dial-up, which, obviously, it's not real common to use dial-up connections anymore, but if we click on the Set up a new connection, we do get the option for a few different things. And one of them is the old VPN interface. So if you worked with setting up a VPN in Windows 7 or before that, and you prefer that interface, you can still get to that interface, it is under the Dial-up tab.
The next one down is Ethernet, which will show me both of my Ethernet connections. And if I click on either one, I'll get more detail about it. That detail includes IP address, DNS Server, and MAC address. It's pretty nice to be able to get these through the graphical interface. You can make the argument it's still easier to go the command line and type in "ipconfig", but it's nice that I now have the option to go command line or graphical interface to get this information.
And lastly, at the bottom, we have Proxy. Here is where I would set up a proxy account, either for wired and/or wireless Ethernet connections. I can set up either an automatic proxy or a manual proxy.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10