TechNet Webcast on 10/26/2006: Managing Network Bandwidth with Windows Vista This will be a good session led by Eric Han, who manages the enterprise QoS program (and HTTP.sys). I’ll probably join too should you want to Heckle. :: Gabe Frost

TDI Client to Winsock Kernel (WSK) Porting Survey

As you know per previous posts on this blog, Winsock Kernel, a new transport-independent kernel mode Network Programming Interface (NPI), is available on Windows Vista and Windows Server Longhorn platforms.  On Windows Vista & Windows Server Longhorn, TDI is still supported for compatibility reasons; however, it has been implemented using a translation layer and thus…


A new central location for all things QoS in Windows

We have a new TechNet site for Windows networking QoS: Check it out and let me know if you still have unanswered QoS questions. We are always looking for ways to improve our communication and transparency. ::Gabe  

Debugging Winsock LSPs

Several people have asked for tips on debugging LSPs, and unfortunately there’s no easy method to do so.  One difficulty with LSPs is that once it’s installed any number of processes can immediately load the faulty LSP and begin to behave badly. This usually isn’t fatal unless one of those processes happens to be WINLOGON.EXE,…


How to find consumer network gear that rocks: part 2 (QoS)

The “Certified for Windows Vista” logo is comprised of requirements for myriad networking features and scenarios, one of which being network Quality of Service (QoS). What is QoS and why is it important you ask? QoS is an overloaded term, but in short, it is a capability which enables priority handling of differentiated traffic such…


Filler – Check out the Times Reader

The New York Times has developed a cool app for Windows and the .Net Framework 3.0 called Times Reader. It downloads the New York Times articles and displays them in a nifty adaptive layout UI. Be sure to resize the window to see how it re-layouts and re-pages, check out the annotation, search and the News…

Filler – Open Command Prompt Here in Vista

I learned this last week that in Windows Vista one can hold down shift and right click to get a “Command Prompt Here” option added to the context menu on a folder. Nice! — Ari Pernick Update: As someone in the comments noted, “Copy as Path” gets added to the context menu too. I typically…


Networking Developer Online Chat (9/1/06)

Update: This chat occurred on 9/1/06.  The transcript will be posted here in the next few days. This is just a reminder that the Windows Core Networking team will be on hand to answer your questions about the new technologies and features for network application development on Windows Vista. The product team members that will be on-hand for…


How to find consumer network gear that rocks

Over the past few years, we’ve seen consumer networking products get really cheap. While cheap in a currency sense is great, we’re unfortunately left experiencing the same of product quality (usually while grimacing at the “getting started” manual). Consumer networking gear has been on a race to the bottom. Okay, maybe that sounds a bit harsh, but read on…


Creating IP Agnostic Applications – Part 1

In Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn,” IPv6 is installed and enabled by default.  When both IPv4 and IPv6 are enabled on these OSs, the TCP/IP stack prefers to use IPv6 over IPv4.  For example, APIs such as ConnectByName will attempt to connect first via IPv6.  See this post for a detailed discussion of address sorting….