A loopback adapter can be very useful for
testing networking features on a server that doesn't have a network
adapter already installed, and Microsoft provides this feature in
Windows Server 2003.
To install the Microsoft Loopback Adapter,
follow these steps:
- Go to Start | Control Panel | Add
- In the introductory dialog box, click
- Select Yes, I Have Already Connected The
Hardware, and click Next.
- Scroll to the bottom of the Installed
Hardware list box, select Add A New Hardware Device, and click
- Select the Install The Hardware That I
Manually Select From A List (Advanced) option, and click Next.
- Under Hardware Types, select Network
Adapters, and click Next.
- Under Manufacturer, select Microsoft.
- Under Network Adapter, select Microsoft
- Click Next twice, and click Finish.
Unless there are already existing adapters,
Windows will install the loopback adapter with the name Local Area
Connection. If other adapters exist, Windows will name it Local
Area Connection <next number>.