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Build a firm foundation in Windows 2000-the business operating system for the next generation of PC computing. Windows 2000: A Beginner's Guide is a step-by-step tutorial and reference that's packed with real-world examples and concise explanations. Blueprints,block diagrams,and screenshots ...
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Build a firm foundation in Windows 2000-the business operating system for the next generation of PC computing. Windows 2000: A Beginner's Guide is a step-by-step tutorial and reference that's packed with real-world examples and concise explanations. Blueprints,block diagrams,and screenshots illustrate in detail how every feature of Windows 2000 works and how elements relate to one another. You'll learn how to deploy and configure Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional,optimize network efficiency with Active Directory and distributed services,and communicate using routing,remote access,and telephony applications. Plus,you'll get detailed instructions on Implementing Internet Information Services and the Microsoft Management Console.
Each of the following sections will discuss one of these factors and look at how you should evaluate it with regard to your situation.
Larger Organizations May Favor Migration
Many features in Windows 2000 are aimed at larger organizations and therefore will encourage them to migrate. Among these features are the following:
After considering the preceding features that favor migration, you must also consider the following roadblocks that may discourage a large organization's implementation of Windows 2000:
Smaller Organizations May Not Favor Migration
The size and complexity of Windows 2000 along with the effort required to set it up and maintain it are major stumbling blocks for smaller organizations (although this book will go a long way toward alleviating that problem). Also, scalability, the ability to handle large amounts of data, Active Directory, and improved security may or may not be very important to smaller companies. There are, though, two areas where Windows 2000 provides some major benefits for smaller organizations:
Also, in Windows 2000, a modem can be set up to automatically dial an Internet service provider (ISP) whenever the modem is accessed. Finally, Internet Connection Sharing using network address translation (NAT) allows multiple people to share an Internet connection by mapping multiple LAN addresses to one IP address, which is what the ISP sees. Chapter 10 discusses communications and the Internet.
Windows 2000 Hardware Friendliness
Windows NT 4 was a constant headache when it came to dealing with hardware components. Windows 2000 has added a number of features aimed at relieving that headache. Among these are the following:
Windows 2000 Software Considerations
Windows 2000 provides a 32-bit software environment with a lot of protection for the operating system from programs that "misbehave." This means that the first priority is to protect the operating system and keep it running, so a number of applications that step outside the proscribed "box" will not operate. These tend to be hardware-related programs, such as faxing, scanning, CD writing, and gaming software. Initially, at least, a number of these types of programs, especially from the Windows 98 environment, do not work under Windows 2000. Hopefully, there will be new versions of these programs, or at least new drivers that do work. Older 16-bit programs, especially DOS-based games, will not run on Windows 2000 unless they are rewritten.
At the same Microsoft web site referenced in the preceding bulleted list, you can check the compatibility of software. Also, the Readiness Analyzer at this site will check the compatibility of software on a computer, as well as the hardware. The compatibility results, an example of which is shown in Figure 2-2, will tell you at which of the following levels the software is classified:
Deploying Windows 2000
Chapter 3: Getting Ready for Windows 2000
Chapter 4: Installing Windows 2000 Server
Chapter 5: Rolling Out Windows 2000 Professional
Networking Windows 2000
Chapter 6: Windows 2000 Networking Environment
Chapter 7: Setting Up and Managing a Windows 2000
Chapter 8: Working with NetWare
Chapter 9: Using Active Directory and Domains
Communications and Internet
Chapter 10: Communications and Internet Services
Chapter 11: Internet Information Services Version 5
Administering Windows 2000 Server
Chapter 12: Storage and File System Management
Chapter 13: Setting Up and Managing Printing
Chapter 14: Windows 2000 Management Tools
Chapter 15: Windows 2000 Security Services
Using Windows 2000 Professional
Chapter 16: Working with Windows 2000 Professional
Chapter 17: Customizing Windows 2000 Professional
Chapter 18: Mobile Computing with Windows 2000