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    Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 Netsh Technical Reference

    Network shell (netsh) is a command-line utility that allows you to configure and display the status of various network communications server roles and components after they are installed on computers running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, Windows® 7, or Windows Vista®.
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        ! Important ! See important details and procedures - specific to this download - in the Instructions, or in the ReadMe_SecurityDisabledHelpFile text file that is included when you extract the downloaded Netsh_TechnicalReference.Zip.

        Network shell (netsh) is a command-line utility that allows you to configure settings and display the status of various network communications server roles and components after they are installed on computers running Windows Server® 2008 R2, and Windows Server® 2008. You can run Netsh commands manually by typing commands at the netsh command prompt, as well as running the commands in batch files and scripts. Additionally, you can use netsh commands to configure settings and display the status of network components on the local computer and on remote computers.

        In most cases, netsh commands provide the same functionality that is available when using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in for each server role or component. There are, however, netsh commands for some network functionality, such as for IPv6, network bridge, and remote procedure call (RPC), that are not available in the user interface as an MMC snap-in. Some client technologies, such as Network Access Protection (NAP) client, Wirelesss Hosted Network also provide netsh commands that allow you to configure client computers running Windows 7 or Windows Vista.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

        Windows XP or later.
    • Install Instructions
        1. Click the Download button to start the download.
        2. Do one of the following:
          • To start the installation immediately, click Open.
          • To copy the download to your computer for installation at a later time, click Save.
          • To cancel the installation, click Cancel.
        The downloaded file is a compressed (zipped) file. To extract the compressed file:
        1. After the download completes, right-click the file on your computer, and then click Extract All. The Extract compressed (Zipped) Folders wizard opens.
        2. In Select a Destination and Extract Files, and then do one of the following:
          • Accept the default location and proceed to step 3.
          • Or, to specify a different location to extract the files, click Browse, and in Select a destination, specify the location where you want to extract the files, and then click OK.
        3. Click Extract. The files are extracted, and the folder containing the extracted files is automatically opened.

        ! Important ! Computers running Windows 7 and Windows Vista provide some protection against malicious software by either fully blocking, or partially blocking access to files that are downloaded from the Web and that can be used to deliver malicious code. This feature helps prevent users from inadvertently downloading, and then running malicious software on their computers. If the text Navigation to the webpage was canceled appears in the reading pane when you open Netsh_TechnicalReference.chm, it is because Windows has automatically enabled security restrictions to block access to some features in the CHM file. To remove those security-restrictions from this file, perform the steps in the following procedure:

        To Unblock Security Restrictions on Downloaded CHM Files
        1. If it is already open, close the CHM Help Viewer.
        2. In the folder where Netsh_TechnicalReference.chm is extracted, right-click Netsh_TechnicalReference.chm, and then click Properties. The Netsh_TechnicalReference Properties dialog opens.
        3. On the General tab, in Security, click Unblock, and then click OK. The security restrictions are removed from the file.
        You can now open and view Netsh_TechnicalReference.chm normally. Note: The instructions to unblock the security restrictions are also provided in the Read Me file (Readme_SecurityDisabledHelpFile.txt) that is included in the download Zip file.

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