Windows 2000, like other Windows operating systems, can dial a dial-up networking (DUN) connection automatically when you attempt to use a resource that is available through that dial-up connection. For example, you might connect to a server to access files or click Send/Receive in Outlook to retrieve your mail. But what if you want to exercise a little control over the process and cancel the connection while dialing is in progress? The answer is simple: You just change one of the dial-up connection's settings to enable this option. Here's how.
Display progress while connecting
- Go to Start | Settings and open Network And Dial-Up Connections as shown in Figure A.
- Locate the connection you want to modify, right-click the connection, and choose Properties.
- Click the Options tab, select the check box Display Progress While Connecting, as shown in Figure B, and click OK.
- Initiate a dial-up connection to test your ability to cancel the connection while in progress.
Other Windows 2000 networking tips
Check out these other TechRepublic articles, columns, and downloads for more information on Windows 2000 networking:
- "Download our introduction to networking in Windows 2000 Professional"
- "Download our decision tree to troubleshoot network connections"
- "Shorten logon time for Windows 2000 roaming profiles"
- "Routing and remote access on Windows 2000 Advanced Server"
- "Configuring dial-up networking in Win2K Pro"
- "Synchronize your Windows 2000 system clock"
- "Improve your Windows 2000 skills with these four tips"
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