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How trusts work in Windows 2000

Supporting Windows NT in a medium-to-large scale environment required administrators to establish complex trust relationships between domains. In Windows 2000, all of the rules for establishing trusts have changed. In this article, I’ll explain how trust relationships have changed in...more

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....more

A guide to Active Directory: Planning your upgrade

In this article I will touch on some of the things you'll need to consider when you approach the upgrade to Windows 2000 and Active Directory. The main emphasis here is on planning. Do not upgrade with the idea that...more

Organizing Active Directory objects

Windows 2000's Active Directory presents a whole new ball game for Windows NT administrators. To be successful in implementing AD, you must know what objects you can work with and how to organize and move objects around. In this...more

How to move objects among domains in Active Directory

Active Directory (AD) should be structured to mimic your company's organizational layout. But what about when your company undergoes a reorganization or a merger? If all the objects you need to move remain with their present domain, no big deal....more

How to move users and groups in Active Directory

As your company grows, the original Active Directory structure may cease to fit the organization's administrative and architectural needs. When this happens, you can simply reorganize the Active Directory structure rather than having to completely rebuild your network from square...more

Managing objects in Active Directory

When you deploy Active Directory and Windows 2000 or Windows 2003, you must learn a new set of administration utilities and new ways of doing things. In this article, I'll shown you how to manage objects using the Active Directory...more

Modifying Active Directory's schema

Active Directory is at the heart of your Windows 2000 or Windows 2003-based network. It contains all of the objects that represent network resources, all the people that can access those resources, and how they all relate to one another....more

Reorganizing Active Directory

Active Directory's structure should mimic your company's organizational structure. However, many times this means that you'll have to reorganize Active Directory to better meet your needs. Reorganization can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn't have to be as challenging...more

Taking out the Active Directory trash

Active Directory (AD) is essentially a big database. As with any database, you have to do a little work to maintain it properly. In this article, I'll shown you how to defragment the Active Directory database and how garbage collection...more

Extracting Active Directory info quick and easy with LDIFDE

As mature as Active Directory is, it still amazes me how many admins I talk to who have no idea how to write simple LDIFDE.exe commands to gather data for routine operations. My next few articles will give you some...more

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...more

Getting started with Remote Installation Services

Active Directory may be hogging the spotlight, but Windows 2000 Server also offers several other new features that will make your job easier. Some of these features allow users to connect remotely from laptops, while others provide for complete lockdown...more

Installing Windows 2000 with the Remote Installation Service

The Remote Installation Service (RIS) will help you deploy the Windows operating system to computers on your network, regardless of where they are. In this article, Steven Pittsley shows you how to configure RIS on a Windows 2000 server. After...more

What clients can I use with Active Directory?

As you know, Microsoft's Windows 2000 has a multitude of features to offer the network administrator. The Active Directory (AD) environment provides you with extensive control of both your server's and workstation configuration and performance. If you decide to incorporate...more

Understanding Active Directory, part 1

Understanding Active Directory (AD) is an important step in fully understanding Windows 2000 and its implications for your organization. This article is the first in a series about Active Directory, its features, and how it can fit into your organization's...more

Understanding Active Directory, part 2

In the first article of this series, you learned that Active Directory is Microsoft's answer to directory services. You also learned that a directory service offers a means of organizing and searching objects, including network resources such as servers and...more

Tips to help secure Windows Server 2003 Active Directory

If I were to tell you that Windows NT Server 4.0 was a lot more secure than Windows 2000 Server, you would probably think that I had lost my mind. Sometimes, though, truth is stranger than fiction. In some ways,...more

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