Initializing a Conference on Windows using the NetMeeting Driver

atarget.gif (1372 bytes) This scenario describes how to initialize a conference on Windows using NetMeeting as conference driver.

Conferencing enables people who are geographically separated to dialog and work together as if they were virtually in the same room. Audio, video or chat tools enable the conference members to dialog while whiteboard or any other application sharing capabilities enable them to share documents or even applications. Usually, one member has a leading role, he is named the host or the master member.

The conferencing functionality is available on both the Windows and UNIX platforms.


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  1. All members of a conference must select the same conference driver, i.e. all members must select NetMeeting. To select the conference driver:

  • In the menu bar, select Tools->Options.
  • Click  the General category in the left-hand tree.
  • Click the General tab.
  • In the Conferencing area, check the NetMeeting option.
  • Click OK to confirm.


  1. To host a conference, in the menu bar, select the Tools->Conferencing->Host.

  2. To join a conference as a guest, in the menu bar, select the Tools->Conferencing->Guest.

    The NetMeeting and Conferencing dialog boxes appear.


ainfo.gif (980 bytes) If the NetMeeting interface is already on the desktop, you can use it to host a conference by selecting the Call/Host Meeting menu item, and then connect to that conference by selecting  Tools->Conferencing->Host from the menu bar.

Likewise, guests already in a NetMeeting conference can connect to that conference by selecting the Tools->Conferencing->Guest from the menu bar.

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