Network Administration

Windows 2000 Server

Active Directory: Questions and Answers

What is the difference between Windows 2000 Active Directory and Windows 2003 Active Directory? Is there any difference in 2000 Group Polices and 2003 Group Polices? What is meant by ADS and ADS services in Windows 2003? Windows 2003 Active Directory introduced a number of new security features, as well...

Permitting Ping: ICMP Exceptions

When Windows Firewall first appeared in XP SP2, I started getting odd questions on email. They all went something like, "Hey, something's weird on my system now that I'm running SP2. I've got two computers, A and B. A can ping B, but B can't ping A. What's going on?"...

Creating a Windows 2000 audit policy

Security is often one of the top concerns for network administrators. After all, it's not uncommon for networks to contain confidential data such as employee records or information on new products. Fortunately, there are countless security mechanisms that you can put in place to help secure such data. But how...

Know what's happening on your Windows 2000 server with auditing

Security is a major concern with network administrators. You can't keep up with everything that's going on simultaneously on your network. However, you can configure audit policies to help you track a variety of activities and keep your network safe. Auditing can provide important data about activity on your network....

Use Performance Monitor to discover your server's peak usage

To properly judge your server’s performance, you need to know when your server is at its busiest. Performing random Task Manager checks can’t confirm whether your server is adequately handling your users’ needs. It’s very possible that your random checks occur when few people are using the system. It’s also...

Working with Microsoft Windows 2000's Performance Monitor

Monitoring your server's performance is an important part of maintaining and administering your Windows 2000 installation. Performance data can help you understand your workload and the effect it has on your system's resources. You can observe changes and trends over time, which will help you plan for future upgrades. Some...

Using Windows 2000 hardware diagnostic tools

Hardware problems can really disrupt the way your company functions. If a hardware problem occurs on a server, then many users may not be able to access critical resources. In this article, I'll explain some ways you can get Windows 2000 back up and running when hardware problems occur....

Analyze your server's security with the Security Configuration and Analysis Snap-in

There is no question that your Windows 2000 server is secure, right? Or do you only think it’s secure? Often, you won’t know about security holes until a hacker has already found them for you—and then it’s too late. One way you can beat hackers to the punch is by...

Verify group policies with tools from the Windows 2000 Resource Kit

In Windows 2000, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of which group policies are in effect for a particular user or computer. When you have dozens of group policies, some of which can counteract and conflict with each other, you need a way to determine what the effective...

Preparing to use Windows 2000 group policies

Change control and distributed security are two issues that affect not only large organizations but also small ones. In some respects, they can be even more important in a small organization than in a larger one. If you allow a key employee to change settings at will, the result could...

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