Configuring Windows 2000 Server

Configuring Windows 2000 Server

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by Curt Simmons
  • Specifics you need to get Windows 2000 Server running-and keep it running
  • Configuring Active Directory, Dynamic DNS, DHCP, WINS, and other networking components in complex corporate networks
  • Optimizing Windows 2000 Server performance
  • Group policies and user profiles: Strengthening your control over workstations


  • Specifics you need to get Windows 2000 Server running-and keep it running
  • Configuring Active Directory, Dynamic DNS, DHCP, WINS, and other networking components in complex corporate networks
  • Optimizing Windows 2000 Server performance
  • Group policies and user profiles: Strengthening your control over workstations
  • Using the Microsoft Management Console and Win2000's new administrative tools

All you need to jumpstart your Windows 2000 Server deployment-now!

Windows 2000 Server is a dramatic upgrade-and if you want to make the most of it, you'll want expert support every step of the way. Configuring Windows 2000 Server delivers. It's 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 disk management; learn how to configure Active Directory; and explore Windows 2000 Server's networking solutions. Take control of Windows 2000 Server through the Microsoft Management Console and its key snap-in components, then secure your server with Kerberos, signed code, and other crucial security improvements.

You'll find detailed coverage of Windows 2000's enhanced print, application, and file management features; IntelliMirror management tools; and Encrypting File System and other security features.Also included is how to integrate Windows 2000 Server with NetWare and UNIX®/Linux™ networks, and much more.

Whetheryou're evaluating Windows 2000 Server, planning for full-scale deployment, or managing systems you've already installed, Configuring Windows 2000 Server is the expert companion you've been searching for.

Editorial Reviews

Provides instructions and guidance on configuring the services and functions of Windows 2000 Server and in navigating the new interface. Topics covered range in sophistication from an overview of new features and an installation walk-through to configuring print devices, auditing, and how to use the new interface for performance and network monitor. Assumes familiarity with Windows NT Server 4.0 and basic networking. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
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Prentice Hall Microsoft Technology Series
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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 servicesand 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:

  • n 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.

Meet the Author

Curt Simmons has been working closely with Windows 2000 Server since Beta 1. An author and technical trainer specializing in Microsoft operating systems, BackOffice products, and Internet technologies, he has written nearly a dozen technical books and training manuals. Simmons is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) based in Dallas, TX.

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Configuring Windows 2000 Server 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this title, along with a few other Windows 2000 Server books, and I have enjoyed this one. Lots of steps and very easy to read. I'd say this is a good one to use if you need to get your hands all over Windows 2000 Server fast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book very good on the topic of what tools are available and how to use them. However this book was equally disappointing by avoiding the issues and lacked the structure needed to configure the Advanced Server 2000.