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Using NetMeeting

We are going to use Microsoft NetMeeting  to deliver much of the course, especially to the remote audiences in Gary, Lafayette and, possibly, in Indianapolis too. NetMeeting is available with Windows 2000  and XP , but it is a little hard to find under XP, because it is no longer placed in the XP Programs menu.

To invoke NetMeeting under Windows 2000 bring up the following menu cascade:

Start
   Programs
      Accessories
         Communications
There in this last menu you will find NetMeeting. Simply select it and the application should pop up.

Under Windows XP you will have to go to

My Computer
   Fixed Disk (C:)
      Program Files
         NetMeeting
There you will find the icon called "conf". Double click on the icon to bring the application up.

If this is the first time you use NetMeeting on this computer, you will be asked some questions about who you are and which is going to be your NetMeeting server. Ignore the question about the server and answer the remaining questions as well as you can.

In the end you should get the application window up. There are various push-buttons in this window and a small video screen. If your computer has a camera attached to it and the camera is configured correctly, you should be able to click on the button with a little blue triangle in it. It is on the left hand side just under the screen. If you hold the pointer over this button for a moment, with the NetMeeting window selected, a little help balloon should appear with the words ``Start Video'' in it. If you click on this button you should get to see whatever the camera is looking at in the video screen.

To make a connection pull down the "Call" menu in the top left corner of the NetMeeting window and select "New Call". In the "To:" field enter either the full DNS name of the PC you want to connect to, e.g., woodlands.tqc.iu.edu, or, if the PC doesn't have a name, just its IP number, e.g., 129.79.15.18. In the "Using:" field choose "Network". Then press "Call". If the user on, in this case, woodlands.tqc.iu.edu, accepts your call the connection should be established.

In the bottom row of the NetMeeting window you will find push buttons, which activate various functions, e.g., "Chat" or "Share Program". We will use the latter to show you how to do various things on the AVIDD cluster. We will use the former to communicate in addition to the teleconference link.

You should take some time to play with NetMeeting and become familiar with it.

NetMeeting is a very useful tool. It is not a Microsoft's original invention. It builds on earlier freeware experiments such as ``mbone'', but it wraps it all up in a neat package and is altogether more seamless and easier to use. I used it on a number of occasions to deliver remote presentations from Bloomington to various business meetings in Houston, Chicago, Urbana-Champaign, Washington DC, and other remote locations. Although you can use it to transmit sound, in principle, it is not very suitable for this. NetMeeting sound is too choppy. Consequently, the best way to use NetMeeting is to complement it with a teleconference.


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Next: Supercomputers and Clusters Up: Introduction Previous: Bring Your Laptop
Zdzislaw Meglicki
2004-04-29