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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

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...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

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

What do you need to run Windows 2000 Server?

All the advancements, improved functionality, and new features in Windows 2000 also bring new hardware requirements. While many system administrators will be able to run Windows 2000 on their existing servers and workstations, others will find they need to upgrade...more |

Using Windows 2000 Terminal Server

How many hours have you spent going from machine to machine installing space-hogging programs such as Microsoft Office and Corel WordPerfect Suite? Unless your company can afford software that will push applications across the network for you, this can be...more |

Determining deployment costs for Windows 2000 Server

Just as many organizations are deploying Windows 2000 Professional on the desktop, the same businesses are migrating to Windows 2000 Server to handle back-office applications. Designed to replace Windows NT, Windows 2000 Server, geared toward small to medium-size companies, brings...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

Product overview: Microsoft's Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

On Aug. 11, Microsoft Corp. announced the release of the Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. A launch date of Sept. 26 is planned for the program, along with several other enterprise servers including SQL Server 2000, Exchange Server 2000, BizTalk...more "#"

Using the Windows 2000 Task Scheduler

As you know, you normally start programs by double-clicking icons or issuing commands from the command line. But what if you want programs to start themselves? You can use the Windows 2000 Task Scheduler. In this article, we'll look at...more |

Locating familiar Windows NT utilities in Windows 2000

If you've had a chance to look at Microsoft Windows 2000, you've probably noticed that it has a different look and feel than Windows NT. You're accustomed to finding utilities in certain places in Windows NT, but they may not...more

Using batch files in Windows NT and 2000

If you have ever worked with DOS, you probably worked with batch files. They're still around in Windows 2000, and can still be just as useful. Troy Thompson shows you how to exploit batch files on your Windows 2000 server....more

Understanding the Windows 2000 Distributed File System

You add hard drives to your servers, and your users fill them up. How do you add storage with minimal impact on your network? In this article, we'll introduce you to a solution—the Windows 2000 Distributed File System (Dfs)....more

Working with Windows 2000's Distributed File System

In the "Understanding the Windows 2000 Distributed File System" article, I introduced you to the Windows Distributed File System (Dfs) and showed you what it can do. In addition, I discussed using mounted volumes in Windows 2000. But now it's...more |

Seven steps to a successful Windows 2000 installation

There's more to Windows 2000 installation than just a waiting client or server and a Windows 2000 CD-ROM. Before installing Windows 2000, complete this quick checklist....more

How to install Windows 2000 Server

A systematic guide to installing Windows 2000 Server. This guide covers installing Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server on a computer without an operating system and no hard disk partition....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

Help your clients choose the best options for Windows 2000 Server licenses

With myriad choices and price increases, Windows 2000 Server licensing is proving to be a tricky task for buyers....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

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

Using the Windows 2000 DNS service

If you want to use Active Directory on your network, you'll have to get used to Microsoft's DNS server. Fortunately, Microsoft has eased the administration of DNS within the Microsoft Management Console. In this article, I'll show you how to...more |

Cloning your current configuration

How do you keep your existing Windows NT Workstation configuration and still upgrade it to Windows 2000 Professional? Easy! You clone the Windows NT installation then upgrade the cloned copy. The result is a dual-boot system with your old installation...more

Locating the installation directory during setup

Setup uses an automatic method of choosing the Windows 2000 folder during installation that might result in you not having the chance to specify the installation directory or volume. Setup defaults to using \WINNT as the installation folder unless that...more

Why Setup renames accounts during an upgrade

When you run Winnt32.exe to upgrade Windows 2000 over Windows 9x, Setup checks for existing Windows 9x user accounts on the computer. If Setup detects accounts with names that match Windows 2000 reserved accounts (e.g., Guest), Setup prompts you during...more

Perform an unattended setup

While unattended setup is generally most applicable in a wide-scale deployment effort, it can be a useful tool in small networks for duplicating new systems. Unattended setup can even be useful on a single workstation. For example, you might use...more

Create FAT partitions at setup

When you install Windows 2000, you have the option of creating and formatting a partition. Setup gives you two options for formatting the volume: FAT or NTFS. If you select FAT, Setup doesn't give you the option of deciding whether...more

Setup hangs on startup

When you're installing Windows 2000, the text-mode portion of Setup might hang while displaying the message, "Setup is starting Windows 2000." This system hang can be caused by a number of things. One reason could be that you've installed a...more

Use hardware profiles for multiple system configurations

Windows 2000 is pretty good about making hardware work together, but it still hasn't overcome the problem of having too much hardware and too few hardware resources. For the want of an IRQ, some crucial piece of hardware might be...more

Change Windows 2000 registration

You're probably aware that Setup brands an installation with a user name and company name when you install Windows 2000. Many applications use the same information when installed. In most cases, you probably won't need to change the registration information....more

Creating answer files

One option for automating setup of a Windows 2000 Server (or client) is to create an unattended setup file (also called an answer file) that includes answers used by the setup program. Creating this setup file can take quite a...more

Unattended installation from the CD

Windows 2000 includes support for unattended installation performed directly from the CD. All you have to do is create an answer file (in Notepad or with Windows 2000 Setup Manager Wizard), modify a few entries, and put the answer file...more

Remote Installation Services

Remote Installation Services (RIS) is a special set of services in Windows 2000 that allows for installation of Windows 2000 Professional on client computers without administrator assistance. End users have to turn the computer on, press [F12], log in to...more

Installing and configuring RIS

Before you can start with client deployment, you have to install RIS files on your server's hard drive. To do this, go to Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs, and then click Add/Remove Windows Components. Next, select Remote Installation Services from...more

Limitations of RIS and Ghost images

The Remote Installation Service that comes with Windows 2000 Server only allows for remote installation of Windows 2000 Professional - you can't use it for remote installs of Windows 2000 Server. However, Microsoft has provided documentation on how to perform...more

Basic versus dynamic disks

Windows 2000 added a new feature called dynamic disks that provides for a different disk structure than the four-partition-maximum scheme that has been around since the early days of DOS. Windows 2000 calls the old type of disk a basic...more

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