30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 18: Mapping Your Windows XP Boxes on Your Windows Vista Network
Help your Windows Vista network to accurately display your Windows XP systems with a simple-to-install download.
Network Map's Missing Windows XP Boxes
Windows Vista includes the biggest changes in Windows network management since Windows 95 introduced the Network Neighborhood. One of Vista's many new features is the Network Map, which makes it easy to see if your connection is working properly and to see devices such as routers, switches, and other PCs on the network - as long as they're also running Windows Vista.
Network Map depends upon a new discovery protocol called Link-Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) to find computers and other devices. However, Windows XP doesn't include LLTD features. So, if you want Windows XP boxes to show up in the Network Map, they need a little help from you.
Adding LLTD to XP
To download the LLTD Responder for Windows XP, visit Knowledge Base article 922120 and follow the link provided. Xbox 360 systems, which can be used as Media Center extenders with Windows Vista Media Center, have supported this feature since the Fall 2006 update.
LLTD, the Graduate-Level Class
Learn more about LLTD from a developer perspective by reading the white papers and specifications available from the LLTD and QoS for Media Experiences page at the Windows Hardware Developer Center website.
Learn how to install the LLTD Responder on Windows Server 2003.
Grab a PowerPoint presentation on LLTD and enabling Wi-Fi Diagnostics here.
Learn how to manage LLTD in Windows Server 2008 here.