Network Properties in a hurry

Network Properties in a hurry

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Hi. Jim from DS here again to show you how to quickly access the properties of your network interface cards via a custom desktop shortcut. In my previous blog post I put together a lovely “at a glance” reference to launching administrative and system tools from the command line and START – RUN. In Windows server 2008 and Windows Vista you might have noticed that it does require several extra mouse clicks to access the network properties dialog.

I recently overheard a colleague of mine raise his voice in anger, and while simultaneously shaking his fist at the sky he cried out “Why must I click four thousand times to get to this interface!?” I realized that NCPA.CPL may not be as easy to remember for others as it is for me. This (coupled with my colleague’s meltdown) compelled me to compose a quick blog on making a custom shortcut to access the network properties window.

On the desktop of your Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista machine right click – NEWShortcut:

 

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Type the path to NCPA.CPL and click next.

 

 

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Type a name for the shortcut.

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Click Finish.

You will now have a shortcut on the desktop which will take you directly to the network properties applet. Now you may change the icon which is currently the default for a .CPL file to an icon of your desiring.

Right Click on the new shortcut and select Properties.

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Click on the Change Icon button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This desktop shortcut can be readily deployed via group policy preferences to whichever servers or workstations you like. Please see the following blog post in regard to Group Policy Preferences - http://blogs.technet.com/askds/archive/2007/11/28/introducing-group-policy-preferences.aspx.

The shortcuts can be created for any administrative interface you or your IT department access frequently.

- Jim Tierney

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