Windows Core Networking

Windows Core Networking APIs and technologies such as Winsock, TCP/IP stack, WFP, IPsec, IPv6, WSK, WinINet, Http.sys, WinHttp, QoS, and System.Net

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  • Blog Post: From WinHEC to Black Hat USA 2006

    It’s been several weeks now since WinHEC, and we’ve been hard at work on RC1 work for the NetIO networking stack in Windows Vista and Windows Server Code-Name Longhorn. It was really great to meet with so many of the folks who’ve been partnering with us in changing the face of networking! I was at Black...
  • Blog Post: The NDIS 6.0 Driver Model

    NDIS 6.0 was introduced to the independent hardware vendor (IHV) and developer community at last year’s WinHEC. It brings the promise of greater performance, improved manageability, reduced complexity for NDIS miniports, and simpler models for writing intermediate and filter drivers. Are you curious...
  • Blog Post: Extend Windows Vista Wireless

    As we worked on the Windows Vista Wireless Stack, extensibility was one of our key design goals. On previous releases, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from hardware and software developers on how they’d like to be able to extend the wireless experience. With the new stack, we’ve tried to address as much...
  • Blog Post: Providing 802.1x Enforcement for Network Access Protection

    We’re living in a highly connected world, where a large number of diverse devices gain access to the corporate environment using diverse technologies like wireless, wired 802.1x, virtual private networks (VPN), and more. Though this diversity is a great enabler allowing end users to always have up-to...
  • Blog Post: Advances in Windows Vista TCP/IP

    The Windows Vista TCP/IP stack has made tremendous improvements in its efficiency, taking full advantage of hardware advances (e.g. gigabit networking). As explained by Murari in a previous posting ( Advances in Windows TCP/IP Networking ), there are a number of bottlenecks that affect TCP throughput...
  • Blog Post: Network Programming with Winsock Kernel (WSK)

    Winsock Kernel (WSK) is the latest network programming interface introduced by the WNDP team in Windows Vista. As evident by its name, WSK can be used by kernel-mode drivers for sending and receiving data over the network. But less evident to many developers, WSK is not an interface for performing network...
  • Blog Post: Network security made richer and simpler

    What if you could filter IPsec encrypted traffic? What if you could easily filter both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic? What if you could write just a few lines of user-mode code to filter applications based on port, protocol and application ID? To do all this and much more, Windows Vista exposes a set of...
  • Blog Post: What is NetDMA?

    The NetDMA term was coined by the networking team to imply a DMA (Direct Memory Access) engine that is used for moving networking data in memory. During WinHEC I will present the NetDMA architecture but for now I will give you the problem that NetDMA is trying to address. When the networking card...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Diagnostics for Network Performance Tuning

    In Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate editions, Media Center will be available to all. Xbox 360 has integrated Media Center Extender (MCX) functionality, and a lineup of additional MCX devices will be comming soon from a number of partners, making it simple to extend TV (standard and high definition...
  • Blog Post: Advances in Windows TCP/IP Networking

    Significant advances have been made, both in hardware and in software, over the past few years that have enabled gigabit networking. From being unavailable just a few years back, it has become mainstream technology with GigE NICs available in an increasing number of clients and servers today. The ever...
  • Blog Post: Network Access Protection

    Network Access Protection (NAP) is an exciting new solution that will be included in Windows Vista and Windows Longhorn Server. You can find out some basic information about NAP here: http://www.microsoft.com/nap . The world is becoming increasingly interconnected. This is great because it enables...
  • Blog Post: An Interview with Alireza Dabagh, NDIS development lead

    Tell us about what you do in Windows. I’m NDIS development lead. I lead a team which works on NDIS and related components, and I also contribute to the architecture, coding and design of our components. How long have you been participating in WinHEC? Quite some time! Maybe 4 or 5 years...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for the WinHEC 2006 Guest Blogger Series

    Starting Monday April 17th the WinHEC 2006 Guest Blogger Series begins right here on the WNDP blog The series is comprised of technical content from speakers and developers whose feature areas Microsoft will be highlighting during this year’s conference. WinHEC 2006 runs May 23rd - 25th at the Washington...
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