Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How To Use Network Mapping On Domains And Public Networks Using GroupPolicy

If you want to restrict others in a domain or you can use Group Policy. Moreover, using this Group Policy, you can enable network mapping on domains, public networkd or both. If you want to make the changes now, follow the steps given below.
Group Policy is an important feature of the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems. It is a set of rules, which control the working environment of user accounts and computer accounts.
Moreover, you can have a centralized management and configuration of operating systems Group Policy. In addition, Group Policy features applications and users' settings in an Active Directory environment.

1.    At a command prompt, type gpedit.msc to open the Local Group Policy Editor.(The Local Group Policy Editor is available on computers running the Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition of Windows 7.These are also the only editions that can join a domain.)
2.    First, press Windows Key + R Keys simultaneously and type “gpedit.msc” at the Run Command window. Now, you can see the Group Policy Editor available in the Computer.
3.    Now, navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\ Link-Layer Topology Discovery.
4.    After that, double click on the Turn On Mapper I/O (LLTDIO) Driver policy.
5.    Now, select Enabled and then select Allow Operation While In Domain.
6.    Thereafter, click Next Settings.
7.    You can repeat the selections for the Turn On Responder (RSPNDR) Driver Policy setting and then click OK.
8.    That is it. All it is done.

Only the thing you have to remember is, depending upon the size of the Network creating a network map on a domain-based network can be inordinately slow. This is the reason by default it is disabled. Moreover, you can use these same policy settings to enable network mapping on a public network or on a private network. At the same time, the option can be used for security purpose and convenience.