Description of NDIS Features in Windows 2000

This article lists some of the features of Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) in Windows 2000.

Some of the major features in NDIS in Windows 2000 include:

? Support for Plug and Play, Power Management, and Windows Management Instrumentation(WMI)
? Support for connection-oriented media such as asynchronous transfer mode (ATM).
? Integrated Miniport Call Managers (MCM) support that controls network adapters with on-board connection-oriented protocol signaling capabilities.
? The ability to offload tasks from the TCP/IP transport to the network adapter (for example, TCP/IP checksum tasks, IP Security tasks, and the segmentation of large TCP packets).
? Support for older (legacy) transport stacks over connection-oriented media (for example, the LAN Emulation (LANE) driver and User Network Interface (UNI) Call Manager).
? Support for serialized and deserialized NDIS miniport drivers. For more information about deserialized miniport drivers, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:
217305 Full Duplex Support with Windows NT
214455 HOWTO: NIDS Intermediate Driver Models
? Telephonic services over ATM and other connection-oriented media.
? 802.1p packet priority support. For more information about 802.1p, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
222020 Description of 802.1P Signaling
? Support for forwarding packets from one adapter port to another on the same network adapter, or on a similar network adapter, without routing the packets through the host processor.

For more information about these NDIS features in Windows 2000, refer to the Windows 2000 Driver Development Kit on Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) or visit the following Microsoft Web site:

? Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
? Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
? Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition