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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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Devices—Tools

Synopsis

The main tools for managing hardware devices on WS2003 are:

  • Device Manager, a snap-in that is part of Computer Management

  • Add Hardware, Power Options, and System in Control Panel

  • System Information under System Tools in Accessories

In addition, various Control Panel utilities we won’t discuss are used to configure specific types of devices. These utilities include Display, Game Controllers, Keyboard, Mouse, Phone and Modem Options, Printers and Faxes, Scanners and Cameras, and Sounds and Audio Devices. A utility called devcon.exe, found in the WS2003 Support Tools, can be used to manage devices from the command line. Certain topics like managing disks and printers are covered under Disks and Printing.

Device Manager

Device Manager is used to display and manage device configuration settings, including:

  • Enabling, disabling, and uninstalling devices

  • Installing updated drivers for devices

  • Diagnosing IRQ conflicts and other resource conflicts

  • Manually reconfiguring IRQ and other resource settings to resolve conflicts

  • Generating a printed report of your computer’s hardware-configuration settings to aid in future troubleshooting efforts

Note that Device Manager can display devices on both local and remote machines, but it can configure settings only on the local machine—when you connect to a remote computer using Computer Management and try to access Device Manager, a message appears saying that Device Manager is acting in read-only mode.

Starting Device Manager

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