Thursday, September 3, 2009

View Network Connections when Control Panel icons hidden

Occasionally I come across computers where the Control Panel has been "locked down" and the icons are hidden. Usually the hidding of these icons is done via a Group Policy.

I've found a couple of times now where the Network Connections icon is hidden, but this can be useful for finding out of a computer is getting an IP address correctly or not. Sure the command prompt ipconfig works too, but if the admin has the Control Panel locked down then surely they have the command prompt locked down ;)

Click Start
Click Run
Type ncpa.cpl
You'll see the friendly network connections your used to seeing (Windows XP).
Right Click the connection and select status, support tab, details.

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