* Next Generation TCP/IP Stack: this networking feature of windows is available for “Windows Server 2008” and “Windows Vista”. It is a “complete redesign of TCP/IP functionality for both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) that meets the connectivity and performance needs of today's varied networking environments and technologies.” Joe Davies (2008) * Server Message Block 2.0 (SMB): this networking feature of windows is also available for both “Windows Server 2008” and “Windows Vista”. It can also be termed as the “Common Internet File System (CIFS)”. It is used on widows-based computers as a default file sharing protocol. SMB supports: * “Sending multiple SMB commands within the same packet. This reduces the number of packets sent between an SMB client and server. * Much larger buffer sizes compared to SMB 1.0.
* Increases the restrictive constants within the protocol design to allow for scalability. Examples include an increase in the number of concurrent open file handles on the server and the number of file shares that a server can have. * Supports durable handles that can withstand short interruptions in network availability. * Supports symbolic links.” Joe Davies (2008)
* Windows Firewall: the windows firewall for the versions “Windows Server (2008)” and “Windows Vista” has support for filtering of incoming and outgoing traffic. It also has integrated settings for firewall filtering and Internet Protocol Security (IPSEC). * Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) 6.0: this “specifies a standard interface between kernel-mode network drivers and the operating system. NDIS also specifies a standard interface between layered network drivers, abstracting lower-level drivers that manage hardware from upper-level drivers, such as network transports.” Joe Davies (2008).
* Samba: this...