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Setting up a Print Server on Windows 7

Today we are going to share a printer on your network by turning a Windows 7 system into a print server.  For the basis of this tutorial I will assume that all the systems on your network are running Windows 7, that your network is called NETWORK1 and the Windows 7 print server is called WPS1.

On WPS1

The first thing to do is connect the system to the network and change the workgroup name to NETWORK1.  To do this go to:

Start – Right click on Computer – Properties


You will then get the following screen.

Click on change settings in the bottom right hand corner and change the Workgroup to NETWORK1.  You will have to restart your system for the changes to take effect.

Once restarted it is then time to share the printer.  Go to:

Start – Devices and Printers and locate your printer.

Once located right click and go to Printer Properties.  This will bring up the properties box for your printer.  Locate the Sharing tab and click on Change Sharing Options.

Now make sure the Share this printer box is ticked and add a name for the printer in the Share name box.  Once completed click on apply.  Your printer is now shared.

Only thing left to do now is to check that everyone on your network has the correct credentials to access this printer so click on the Security tab.  Once opened check that the Everyone group has the Allow permission to print.  Again once completed click on Apply.

Your print server is now fully functional.

Client PC’s

Go to Start – Devices and Printers and click on Add a printer.

When presented with the box shown above click Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.  Windows 7 will now attempt to locate the networked printer.

When the networked printer is located click on next.  Windows 7 will now install the printer with the correct driver.  And that is it.

Word of warning here.  For your printer to be shared across the network your print server must be switched on.  If not the client computers will be unable to find it.  You can share your printer a different way by purchasing a dedicated print server (a little box which connects to your router) if you don’t want to have a computer on all the time.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

 

 

 

How to set up a VPN Server on Windows Server 2008 R2


Today we are going to have a look at setting up a VPN server on Windows Server 2008 R2.  For anyone who would rather set one up on Windows 7 instead you can find the relevant tutorial by reading this blog.

For the purposes of this tutorial I will be using Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with 2Gb of RAM and tw0 network cards hosted within Virtualbox.  I will assume that you have already installed Windows Server 2008 R2 within your existing network.

The first thing you need to do is add the Network Policy and Access role in Server Manager (as shown below).

On the next screen make sure that Routing and Remote Access Services, Remote Access Service and Routing are all ticked (shown below).

On the final page click install.

Once installed expand Network Policy and Access Services in Server Manager and right click on Routing and Remote Access to start the wizard.

On the Configuration page click on Remote Access.  On the Remote Access page which follows click on VPN.

On the VPN Connection page choose the network adapter which connects to the internet and click on next (for the purpose of this tutorial I will leave the ip address as dhcp but in real life you would set this as a static ip address).

On the following page you will be asked to specify how your vpn server will assign ip addresses to clients.  Unless you have some specific need for certain addresses then I would suggest you leave this as automatic.

Once your ip address assignment has been taken care of you will then be asked if you want to set up the vpn server to work with a Radius Server.  If you don’t have one on your network then choose no.

On the final page click finish and your vpn server will then be installed.  Don’t forget to set up port forwarding on your router or you will not be able to access your vpn server.

Only thing left to do is to check the configuration by trying to access your server by vpn. For guidance on how to set up a vpn connection on Windows 7 please refer to this blog.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

 

How to set up Skype


Today we are going to have a look at Skype.  Skype is a fantastic piece of software that allows you to make video calls with someone anywhere in the world for free. To use Skype you will need a webcam (most laptops have these built in), speakers and a microphone.  So lets take a look at how you set this up.  This tutorial uses Windows XP but the steps work on all Windows based operating systems.

First thing to do is to download Skype.  If this is your first time using Skype you will be asked to create an account.  Make your username unique and your password memorable. Once your account is set up double click your download to start the installation.

On the first page pick your language and then click next.  On the following page you are asked about Skype Click to call.  Unless you have signed up for this uncheck the box and click continue.  Your installation will now start.

Once installed you will be taken to the sign in screen.  Enter your details that you created earlier and make sure you tick the “Sign me in when Skype starts box”.

Next Skype will get you to test your speakers and microphone.  Click “Test sound” under your speakers  and you should hear a test sound.  If not check your speakers are turned on and plugged in.  Next click ‘Video’.  You should see yourself on the screen.  If not again check the connection and power.  Adjust the microphone setting to the the sound level you require.

On the next page you will be asked if you want to add a profile picture.  Your choice if you want to or not.  And that is it.  Skype has been successfully installed.

Now we have to find people to talk to!! The best way to do this is to use the search function on the top left of the screen.  Type in a name and Skype will display the people with that name.  You just pick your friends and add them as a contact.  To call a friend right click them in your contact list and then choose call.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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Setting up a windows 7 vpn server

Today we are going to set up a Windows 7 vpn server which will allow you to securely access your PC from anywhere using the internet.

Click on Start – Control Panel – Network and Sharing Centre – Change adapter settings.

Once you see the connections press the ALT key which will bring up a line of menus at the top of the screen.  Go to File – New Incoming Connection.

The first thing we need to do is chose who can access your computer.  Chose the required user (or users) and tick the box next to them.  Then click next.


Next we need to chose how users will connect to your computer.  Tick the box next to Through the Internet and then click next.

On the next page leave the defaults and click Allow Access.

On the final screen you will see the name of your computer.  Write this down as you will need this later.

Now we need to allow vpn traffic through your router and any firewalls.  On your router you will need to port forward vpn traffic to your computers ip address on port 1723.  On any firewalls check that port 1723 is open.

Now we just need to check if the connection is active.  Go to Control Panel -Network Connections – Change Adapter Settings.  You should see an icon stating Incoming Connections with no clients connected.  This means that your vpn server is now active and waiting for connections.

Next time I will show you how to connect to your vpn server.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

Setting up a vpn connection using Windows 7

This tutorial will show you how to set up a new vpn connection using Windows 7.

Navigate to Start – Control Panel – Network and Sharing Center.  Click on Set up a new connection or network.  On the next screen choose Connect to Workplace and then click next.

On the following screen click Use my internet connection (VPN).  The wizard will now ask you for the ip address and destination name.  The ip address should be the ip address of the router at your workplace (this should already have port forwarding configured on it).


On the next page you will need to enter the details of the username and password that you will be using.  Once configured click on create.  This will take you to the final screen with the message “Connection is ready to use”.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

How to set up a Windows network


Today we are going to learn how to set up a simple network using different versions of Windows.  This tutorial will use Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows XP Home Edition but works just as well on Vista.  We will share a folder from Windows XP to the Windows 7 machine but it works well the other way too.

On the XP Machine

Click on Start and locate My Computer.  Right click on My Computer and go to Properties.  Click on the Computer Name tab and find the change button which is situated next to “To rename this computer or join a workgroup, click Change”.  Click the button.  In Workgroup pick a name for your new network and click OK.

Next we want to share some files.  Best way to do this is to run the network wizard.  Locate the folder you want to share, for example My Documents, and right click.  Go to the sharing tab and locate Network sharing and Security.  Under Network Sharing and Security you will see the new network wizard.  Click on this and follow the instructions.  When completed restart the system.

Once restarted again locate the folder you want to share and right click.  Go to the sharing tab and you will see a box titled “Share this folder on the network”.  Check the box and give it a shared name.  If you want other users to change files in your folder check the box “Allow network users to change my files”.  That’s it for XP now onto Windows 7.

On The Windows 7 Machine

Go to Start and then right click on Computer.  Click on Properties and when the “View Basic Information about your Computer” screen appears click on change settings, which is located on the bottom right.  Locate “To rename this computer, click Change” and click change.  Add the network name you chose for the Windows XP machine under Workgroup and click OK.

Windows 7 will now attempt to find the network and when it does it will ask you if the network is Public, Home or Work.  If this is home network click Home and so forth.

Now to accessing the shared files.  Go to Start and right click on Computer.  Click on map network drive.  Browse for the shared folder on your XP machine and when located click finish.  The shared folder will come up as a network drive and can be accessed from going into Computer.

Word here about firewalls.  If you are using the inbuilt Windows firewalls you should have no problems as these open up the required ports to allow the computers to communicate.  If you are using a different firewall then either turn it off (not recommended unless you have a another firewall between the computers and your router) or manually open up the required ports. And that is it.

To share the files the other way round name your Windows 7 workgroup the same way you did in XP and then right click on the folder you want to share.  Click on share with and then go to specific people.  The operation for mapping the drive is exactly the same in XP.

About the Author

Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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