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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

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...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

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

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

Accomplishing familiar Windows NT tasks in Windows 2000

Even though Microsoft derived Windows 2000 from Windows NT, it made significant changes to the ways in which you perform administrative tasks. Many of the tools and techniques you were accustomed to using in NT won't work or have changed....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

Synchronizing domain controllers

If you want to force synchronization of your domain controllers instead of waiting for an automatic replication event, type net accounts / sync from the command line of your primary domain controller. You can also use Server Manager to force...

Understanding user profiles

Windows NT automatically creates user profiles that store user-specific information such as desktop settings, shortcuts, mapped drives, printer configurations, and more. NT supports three types of profiles: local, roaming, and mandatory. Local profiles are stored only on the workstation. This...

Enforcing use of mandatory profiles

If you've created mandatory profiles for some users and want them to use only those mandatory profiles, you need to configure the system such that if the mandatory profiles aren't available, the users won't be allowed to log on. That...

Change multiple accounts at once

Using Account Manager for Domains, you can change settings for multiple users at once. The process is pretty simple. Select the first account that you want to modify, then hold down [Ctrl] and select any additional accounts. You can also...

Use template accounts to add users

Using a template account to create users can be a timesaving task. The first step involved is creating an account that is easily recognizable as a template user. We recommend using a dot [.] in front of the name to...

Joining a domain

Need a way to join the domain from the command line? Just use NETDOM, from the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit Supplement 2. This utility can be used to add NT workstations or stand-alone servers to your domain. It will...

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