Peer-To-Peer based Features in Win 7

Perhaps you watch ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  If you do, then you may know it had a sibling show called Extreme Makeover Home Edition: How’d They Do That?  It showed extra behind scenes work on how they pulled off such an amazing feat.  Or maybe you are a Discovery Channel buff and find yourself…


Introducing the Distributed Routing Table in Windows 7

In Windows 7, we’ve added support for key based routing with a new peer-to-peer platform piece called the Distributed Routing Table (DRT).  Applications can use a new Windows API to publish numeric keys, and resolve keys to network endpoints without the aid of servers.  This functionality can be the basis of a Distributed Hash Table…


PNRP Extended Payload

There’s a little known, but extremely useful feature of PNRP we call extended payload.  Every time I explain this feature to someone, their eyes light up.  It’s always fun to surprise someone with a tidbit like extended payload, but it disappoints me that more PNRP developers don’t know about this feature already.  Time to fix…


PNRP and Windows Internet Computer Names on WS08

In case you haven’t noticed, PNRP is available on Windows Server 2008 (WS08).  It exists as an optional component and isn’t installed by default, so you’ll have to walk through some simple steps to get it up and running.  Just look in the list of optional components and you’re sure to find PNRP. I know…


The .Net Addict Discusses PNRP, Bonjour and MDNS

Kevin Hoffman has continued his series about peer-to-peer networking.  You can find an index of his posts here: After his first post, Kevin received a number of queries asking him to differentiate between PNRP and Bonjour.  His article, Peer Networking Series – A Closer Look at PNRP vs. Bonjour/ZeroConf, is definitely worth a read. …


PNRP Performance Counters

We’ve included some really neat performance counters that you can use to monitor PNRP.  If you’re an application developer, you might use these performance counters to evaluate what impact your use of PNRP will have on the system as a whole.  They’re also an interesting debugging aid when things go wrong. To view these counters,…



Hi folks!I’ve been quiet for a little while, but I’m coming back at you now with some posts that have been sitting with me for a long time. Since I spoke with you last, Microsoft released Service Pack 3 for Windows XP.  This service pack contains version 2 of the Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP)…


.Net Addict Hooked on P2P

Kevin Hoffman is a big fan of the Windows P2P technologies, and he’s writing a series of P2P blog posts.  Check out his latest post on PNRP … …and don’t miss his article about the WCF Peer Channel .. -Tyler