Configuring Windows 2000 Server

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9780130858580: Configuring Windows 2000 Server

Configuring Windows 2000 Server is the first book to focus 100% on the nitty-gritty of getting Windows 2000 Server running right -- and keeping it that way. MCSE Curt Simmons offers "meat-and-potatoes" practical solutions for everything from installation to security, interoperability to optimization, and much more. Master Windows 2000 Server's new features, from plug-and-play support to the backup/restore wizards; then learn to configure Active Directory -- with real-world techniques for integrating Domain Name Services and using directory replication. Take control of Windows 2000 Server through the Microsoft Management Console and its key plug-in components; then secure your server with Kerberos, signed code, and other crucial security improvements. The book includes detailed chapters on using Windows 2000 Server IIS 5.0 to provide Web/Internet services; Windows 2000's enhanced print, application, and terminal services; integrating Windows 2000 Server with NetWare and UNIX/Linux networks, and much more.

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Written for professional systems administrators, Configuring Windows 2000 Server explains how to install and fine-tune Microsoft's new server operating system.

This book, at 438 pages long, does not contain the level of detail of other books on the subject, but both the writing and the presentation are extremely clear. The book effectively combines screen shots and text to demonstrate concepts such as WINS and DNS, displaying tabs on the configuration properties sheets along with discussions of how to configure the options. A stellar section on hardware and disk management includes overviews, coverage of tools, and a well-organized discussion of related options and setups.

One quibble users may have is that the book tends to lack those specialized topic areas that may not apply solely to installation but may still be helpful to administrators. For example, terminal services are not addressed, and the relation between LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) and the Active Directory Services is summarized in a single line. This doesn't detract from the book overall, unless you need a lot of technical depth in these areas.

Although not necessarily the only reference you should have if you are administering Windows 2000 servers, you'll get the majority of the information you'll need here, and in a format that is far clearer than most. --John Keogh

Topics covered: Overview of new features, installing Windows 2000 server, installing over Windows NT 4, installing on a clean system, hardware and disk management, administrative tools, configuring the server, hardware configuration, plug and play, resource properties, disk management, file systems, basic and dynamic disks, managing dynamic volumes, brief discussion of spanning and RAID, interface and system settings, configuring control panel, configuring options (including Internet, folder, and regional options), Registry and backup operations, structure of the Registry, using Windows 2000 backup features, recovery considerations, remote and removable storage, volume management, using libraries (removable media), different types of removable media, operator requests (remote storage), networking, active directory, overview of Active Directory, Active Directory design, installing Active Directory, Active Directory administrative tools, configuring domains, managing protocols (including a discussion of the types of protocols), quality of service administration, DHCP server, DHCP installation and configuration, scopes, DNS server overview, installing and configuring DNS, using DNS in a mixed WINS/DNS environment, DNS properties, WINS overview, installing and configuring WINS, WINS server properties, configuring routing and remote address, overview of remote access, PPTP, new features of remote access, routing and remote access (RRAS), IP routing, multilink, integrating with Apple and Novell systems, installing services for the Macintosh, configuring AppleTalk, interoperability with Novell NetWare, NWLink, Gateway Services for NetWare Networks, security features in Windows 2000, authentication, Encrypting File System (EFS), security policies, digital certificates and authorities, IP security, configuring IPSec, configuring user, computer and group accounts, overview of user and computer accounts in Windows 2000, account properties, managing user accounts and computer accounts, overview of groups, scopes, configuring groups, profiles and policies, managing profiles, overview of group policies, working with group policies, configuring software settings, group policy objects (GPOs), shared resource management, additional client technologies (including Intellimirror, Remote Installation Services, Synchronization Manager, and Indexing Services), printing overview, setting up printers, setting up client computers to print to network printers, auditing, configuring auditing, audit logs, performance and network monitoring.

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Preface

Unless you have been completely removed from the computing world during the past two years, you have no doubt heard a lot about Windows 2000 Server. Windows 2000 Server, previously named Windows NT 5.0, is Microsoft's next generation of server software. Some of the things you have heard during Microsoft's development of this new operating system are true—some are not—and the rumors that have followed its development have been many.

This book is designed to be your companion. You may have installed Windows 2000 Server and decided you need a little extra help in getting it to play the way you want it to, or perhaps you are still staring at that installation CD, afraid of what the new operating system may do to your server.

As the title suggests, this book helps you configure the various services and functions of Windows 2000 Server, as well as find your way around the new interface. I address every major configuration topic in this book. Some of them are easy and some are not, but this book is designed to help you get your system up and running as quickly as possible. Although you can upgrade Windows NT to Windows 2000 Server, the new operating system is much more than an upgrade, and Windows 2000 Server functions very differently than Windows NT does. In other words, you have a learning curve to go through, but hopefully this book will make that learning curve much easier.What You Should Know First

This book is not a beginner's book, but you don't have to have five degrees in computer science either. In this book, I assume that you are familiar with Windows NT Server 4.0 and have worked with its various services and functions. I also assume you have a fundamental command of networking technologies and protocols.

However, if you are somewhat new to server software and Microsoft networking, you can still use this book and you will learn a lot as you do. I have tried to discuss and explain everything simply so you can get the information you need to make your server behave in the way you want.What's in the Book

This book includes major topics and issues concerning the configuration of Windows 2000 Server. Some of the chapters may appear to be basic, but this operating system is significantly different from Windows NT 4.0, and you will find that most components of the system work somewhat differently.

This book focuses on the local operating system, but it also explains the configuration options for the local machine's place in a complex network. Microsoft's domain structure and networking approach is different with the release of Windows 2000 Server, so you may also benefit from reading a book about Windows 2000 networking as well.

The following bulleted list tells you what you can expect to see in each chapter:

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Chapter 1, Overview of Windows 2000 Server, points out the new features and enhancements you can expect to see in Windows 2000 Server.Chapter 2, Installing Windows 2000 Server, walks you through the software installation and points out some important pre-installation actions.

Chapter 3, A Tour Around the Interface, gives you a chance to explore the new interface in Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 4, Configuring and Managing Hardware, shows you how to set up hardware devices on your system.

Chapter 5, Disk Management, explores the new disk management features and configuration options in Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 6, Interface and Systems Settings, explores the configuration of the interface and system settings, such as memory and Control Panel.

Chapter 7, The Registry and Backup Operations, shows you how to use registry tools and the new Windows 2000 Backup utility.

Chapter 8, Remote and Removable Storage, examines the new remote and removable storage features available in Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 9, Configuring the Active Directory, explores the configuration of the Active Directory, the new, powerful directory service in Windows 2000.

Chapter 10, Configuring Network Protocols, shows you how to install and configure standard network protocols, such as TCP/IP, NWLink, and others.

Chapter 11, Installing and Configuring DHCP, examines the use and configuration of DHCP for Windows 2000 networks.

Chapter 12, Configuring DNS, explores the functionality of Dynamic DNS in relation to the Active Directory.

Chapter 13, Configuring WINS, discusses the purpose of WINS in Windows 2000 networks and shows you how to implement WINS in Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 14, Configuring Routing and Remote Access, explores the configuration and functionality of RAS and RRAS in Windows 2000 Server.

Chapter 15, Connecting with Apple and Novell Systems, shows you how to connect with Macintosh and Netware clients and servers.

Chapter 16, Windows 2000 Security, introduces the new security features in Windows 2000 Server, such as Kerberos, EFS, and Certificate Services.

Chapter 17, IP Security, examines the functionality of IP Security, how it works, and how to use it in your network.

Chapter 18, Configuring User, Computer, and Group Accounts, shows you how to use the Active Directory and configure and manage network accounts.

Chapter 19, Configure Profiles and Policies, discusses the use and configuration of profiles and policies in Windows 2000.

Chapter 20, Managing Shared Resources, shows you how to manage and secure shared resources, including the configuration of Distributed File System.

Chapter 21, Additional Client Technologies, shows you how to use new client management technologies, such as Intellimirror, on your network.

Chapter 22, Printing, explores the configuration of print devices and the new print features in Windows 2000.

Chapter 23, Auditing, shows you how auditing can be a powerful tool for system administrators.

Chapter 24, Performance Monitor and Network Monitor, shows you how to use the new interface for Performance Monitor and Network Monitor.

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