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Windows 2000 system administrator's black book
Sjouwerman, Stu.
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Scottsdale, AZ: Coriolis Group Books, [2000]

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xxiii, 717 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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Systems administrators can turn to this guide for help in installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting a Windows 2000 network. A unique "write-in" format allows readers to custom this book to their needs. The release is timed to coincide with the availability of Microsoft's NT 5 operating system software.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xxi
Chapter 1 Windows 2000 Architecture and Overviewp. 1
In Depth
Windows 2000 Product Familyp. 2
System Requirementsp. 4
Windows 2000 Architecture and Designp. 6
Memory Architecturep. 9
Processes and Prioritiesp. 11
Immediate Solutions
Altering the Size of the Paging Filep. 13
Moving the Paging File to a New Host Drivep. 15
Removing Windows Componentsp. 16
Using the Task Manager to View Application Status and Process Detailsp. 18
Launching an Application with a Non-Normal Priorityp. 20
Changing the Priority of an Active Processp. 21
Changing the System's Performance Optimizationp. 22
Customizing the Activities of the Start Menup. 23
Chapter 2 Comparing Windows 2000 to Windows NTp. 27
In Depth
Plug and Playp. 28
Security Enhancementsp. 29
Networking Changesp. 30
New Servicesp. 31
Comparing Windows NT Workstation to Windows 2000 Professionalp. 32
Comparing Windows NT Server to Windows 2000 Serverp. 34
Immediate Solutions
Demonstrating Plug and Play under Windows 2000p. 38
Installing a Plug and Play Devicep. 39
Changing Display Properties without Rebootingp. 40
Configuring Power Managementp. 42
Seeing the Options for IPSecp. 43
Viewing the Local Security Policyp. 44
Encrypting a File/Folderp. 45
Decrypting a File/Folderp. 46
Enabling Internet Connection Sharingp. 47
Using Advanced Search Toolsp. 49
Chapter 3 Active Directoryp. 51
In Depth
Overviewp. 53
Conceptsp. 55
Planningp. 64
Immediate Solutions
Installing Active Directory in a New Domainp. 66
Installing Active Directory in an Existing Domainp. 69
Removing Active Directoryp. 70
Installing the Active Directory Schema Utilityp. 71
Identifying the Scheme Masterp. 72
Modifying the Schema Master Rolep. 72
Creating a User in Active Directoryp. 73
Working with Usersp. 74
Working with Contactsp. 84
Adding a Computer in Active Directoryp. 85
Modifying a Computer's Propertiesp. 86
Working with Computer Accountsp. 86
Working with Printersp. 91
Working with Shared Foldersp. 92
Working with User Groupsp. 93
Working with Organizational Unitsp. 95
Creating a Server Objectp. 98
Removing a Server Object from a Sitep. 99
Enabling a Global Catalogp. 99
Disabling a Global Catalogp. 99
Moving a Domain Controller between Sitesp. 100
Connecting to a Forestp. 100
Connecting to a Domain Controllerp. 101
Working with Trust Relationshipsp. 101
Adding User Principal Name Suffixesp. 103
Changing a Domain Modep. 103
Working with Schemasp. 104
Working with Classesp. 106
Working with Attributesp. 107
Working with Sitesp. 108
Working with Subnetsp. 109
Chapter 4 Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 Migrationp. 111
In Depth
Discovering, Assessing, and Cleansing Your Datap. 113
Modeling and Designing Active Directoryp. 115
Running Windows NT and 2000 in Parallelp. 115
Test, Test, and Test Againp. 118
Cut Over and Continue Optimizingp. 119
Immediate Solutions
Synchronizing a Windows NT Domainp. 120
Synchronizing a Single Windows NT Backup Domain Controllerp. 120
Upgradingp. 120
Switching to Native Modep. 131
Chapter 5 Windows 2000 Installationp. 133
In Depth
Manual Installationp. 137
Automated Installationp. 137
Immediate Solutions
Creating the Windows 2000 Installation Boot Disksp. 140
Installing Windows 2000 Using Boot Disksp. 141
Installing Windows 2000 from a DOS Prompt Using a CD-ROMp. 143
Installing Windows 2000 from Windows 3.x Using a CD-ROMp. 146
Installing Windows 2000 from Windows 9x, NT, or 2000 Using a CD-ROMp. 148
Installing Windows 2000 from a Bootable CD-ROMp. 151
Installing Windows 2000 from a Hard Drivep. 153
Creating a Distribution Folder on the Local Machinep. 156
Sharing the Distribution Folderp. 157
Creating a Distribution Folder on a Remote Machinep. 157
Installing from a Network Sharep. 158
Installing from Multiple Network Sharesp. 160
Installing the Setup Manager Wizardp. 162
Creating an Answer Filep. 163
Installing Windows 2000 Using an Answer Filep. 166
Creating a Uniqueness Database Filep. 166
Installing Windows 2000 Using a Uniqueness Database Filep. 168
Installing Windows 2000 Using the /Syspart Switchp. 168
Running the SysPrep Application Manuallyp. 169
Running the SysPrep Application Automatically after Setupp. 169
Installing Remote Installation Servicesp. 169
Enabling Remote Installation Preparationp. 171
Disabling Remote Installation Preparationp. 171
Viewing Clientsp. 172
Verifying Server Operationp. 172
Creating a New Operating System Imagep. 173
Modifying an Existing Operating System Imagep. 173
Deleting an Operating System Imagep. 174
Using Remote Installation Preparation (riprep.exe)p. 174
Preparing a Client for Remote Installationp. 175
Creating a Remote Boot Diskp. 175
Completing a Remote Operating System Installationp. 175
Chapter 6 Windows 2000 Configurationp. 177
In Depth
Accessing Resourcesp. 178
Faxingp. 183
File Deletion and Recoveryp. 183
Using Offline Filesp. 184
Moving and Copying Objectsp. 185
Drive Letters and Mount Pointsp. 186
Disk Cleanupp. 187
Check Diskp. 188
Defragmentationp. 188
Drive Quotasp. 189
Task Managerp. 190
Managing Virtual Memoryp. 196
User Profilesp. 198
Immediate Solutions
Disabling or Enabling Autorunp. 202
Setting Permissions on a Filep. 202
Configuring Advanced Permissionsp. 203
Configuring Auditingp. 203
Managing Ownershipp. 204
Enabling Fax Receivingp. 205
Configuring the Recycle Binp. 205
Restoring a File from the Recycle Binp. 206
Selecting Files for Storage Offlinep. 206
Configuring Offline Filesp. 207
Compressing a File or Folder to Save Drive Spacep. 207
Decompressing a File or Folderp. 208
Encrypting a File or Folderp. 208
Decrypting a File or Folderp. 209
Creating a Mount Pointp. 209
Cleaning Up a Drivep. 210
Testing for Errors on a Drivep. 210
Defragmenting a Drivep. 211
Configuring Quotasp. 211
Chapter 7 Windows 2000 File Systemsp. 213
In Depth
The File Systemsp. 214
Choosing and Implementing Windows 2000 File Systemsp. 217
File System Managementp. 217
Immediate Solutions
Converting a Partitionp. 220
Working with Compressionp. 222
File and Folder Managementp. 225
Working with Quotasp. 230
Working with Encryptionp. 232
Disk Managementp. 233
Chapter 8 Windows 2000 Networkingp. 237
In Depth
Meet the Protocolsp. 239
TCP/IP is Where It's Atp. 240
Integrating with NetWarep. 244
Integrating with Apple Networksp. 244
Immediate Solutions
Installing TCP/IPp. 245
Configuring TCP/IPp. 245
Installing Simple TCP/IP Servicesp. 251
Removing TCP/IPp. 251
Working with Servers and DNSp. 251
DNS Server Managementp. 254
Working with DNS Zonesp. 256
Setting the Aging and Scavenging Properties on a DNS Serverp. 264
Setting the Aging and Scavenging Properties on a Zonep. 264
Scavenging for State Resource Recordsp. 265
Working with Servers and DHCPp. 265
Managing DHCP Serversp. 268
Working with DHCP Scopesp. 269
Working with DHCP Superscopesp. 271
Working with DHCP Multicast Scopesp. 272
Configuring DHCP Optionsp. 274
Working with Leasesp. 275
Configuring DHCP Reservationsp. 276
Monitoring DHCPp. 277
Working with WINS Serversp. 279
Viewing WINS Informationp. 284
Setting Up and Managing WINS Replicationp. 286
Working with Internet Information Servicesp. 289
Working with the File Transfer Protocol Servicep. 293
Working with Routersp. 296
Working with Routing Protocolsp. 297
Testing TCP/IPp. 300
Working with NetBEUIp. 302
Working with NWLinkp. 303
Connecting to a Novell NetWare Serverp. 305
Installing Services for the Macintoshp. 306
Chapter 9 The Windows 2000 Boot Processp. 309
In Depth
Important Windows 2000 Boot Filesp. 310
Windows 2000 Bootup--Step by Stepp. 310
Immediate Solutions
Using the Windows 2000 Boot Menup. 317
Modifying the Windows 2000 Boot Menup. 317
Working with Hardware Profilesp. 321
Working with System Devicesp. 323
Modifying System Services for Hardware Profilesp. 324
Managing Servicesp. 325
Building a Minimal Boot Diskp. 330
Manually Shutting Down Windows 2000p. 331
Manually Rebooting Windows 2000p. 331
Chapter 10 Windows 2000 Administration Toolsp. 337
In Depth
Microsoft Management Consolep. 338
Control Panel Toolsp. 350
Immediate Solutions
Creating a Custom MMC Consolep. 361
Viewing System Informationp. 362
Viewing and Managing Local Sharesp. 363
Using the Event Viewerp. 364
Managing Licensingp. 365
Working with Servicesp. 366
Enabling Accessibility Optionsp. 367
Troubleshooting a Devicep. 368
Adding New Hardwarep. 369
Removing a Device Permanentlyp. 370
Rejecting or Unplugging a Device Temporarilyp. 370
Installing New Applicationsp. 371
Removing an Installed Applicationp. 371
Changing Installed Windows Componentsp. 372
Changing Display and Desktop Settingsp. 372
Configuring Regional Settingsp. 373
Scheduling a Taskp. 374
Configuring a Sound Schemep. 375
Setting Driver Signing Optionsp. 376
Creating Hardware Profilesp. 377
Chapter 11 Windows 2000 Registry: Structure, Editing, and Important Keysp. 379
In Depth
Manipulating the Windows 2000 Registryp. 382
Popular Registry Toolsp. 386
Immediate Solutions
Working with Registry Keys and Valuesp. 389
Backing Up the Registryp. 402
Restoring the Registryp. 403
Finding Registry Informationp. 404
Modifying the Registryp. 405
Chapter 12 Fault Tolerance and Recoveryp. 437
In Depth
Basic Disks Versus Dynamic Disksp. 438
Disk Mirroring and Disk Duplexingp. 439
RAID: Software Versus Hardwarep. 439
Windows 2000 Repair and Recovery Techniquesp. 440
Immediate Solutions
Managing Disksp. 442
Managing Partitionsp. 443
Managing Volumesp. 446
Importing Disks from Another Systemp. 452
Managing Backup and Recoveryp. 453
Working with Clustersp. 455
Chapter 13 IntelliMirrorp. 463
In Depth
IntelliMirror Overviewp. 464
Remote Installation Servicesp. 470
IntelliMirror Scenariosp. 473
Total Cost of Ownershipp. 474
Enhancement through Systems Management Serverp. 475
Immediate Solutions
Installing Remote Installation Servicesp. 477
Configuring RISp. 480
Using RIPrep to Create a Custom Installation Imagep. 482
Configuring Folder Redirectionp. 483
Defining a Network Share-Hosted Home Folderp. 484
Creating a Roaming User Profilep. 485
Adding a Software Package to Group Policyp. 485
Chapter 14 Scripting and Automationp. 489
In Depth
WScriptp. 490
CScriptp. 491
AT and WinATp. 494
Task Schedulerp. 495
Immediate Solutions
Working with Scriptsp. 496
Working with the Task Scheduler Servicep. 500
Using the AT Commandp. 501
Using the WinAT Commandp. 502
Using the Windows 2000 Task Schedulerp. 504
Chapter 15 Tuning and Optimizationp. 507
In Depth
Building and Using Baselinesp. 508
Resource Kit Toolsp. 508
Network Monitorp. 509
Immediate Solutions
Working with Network Monitorp. 513
Working with the Performance Applicationp. 517
Working with Eventsp. 528
Chapter 16 Managing Applicationsp. 533
In Depth
Environment Subsystemsp. 534
Execution Prioritiesp. 545
Troubleshooting Application Problemsp. 546
Software Installationp. 548
Immediate Solutions
Terminating an Active Applicationp. 551
Altering the Security Context for an Applicationp. 551
Watching Win 16 Applications as They Are Launched into the Same WOW VMp. 552
Terminating an Active WOW Processp. 553
Launching Win 16 Applications in Distinct Memory Spacesp. 553
Verifying Win 16 Applications Are Launched into Distinct WOW VMsp. 554
Creating and Using Custom DOS VM Startup Filesp. 555
Customizing the Memory Configuration of a DOS VMp. 556
Changing the Priority of an Active Processp. 557
Changing the Priority of an Active Kernel Mode Processp. 557
Launching an Application with a Non-Normal Priorityp. 558
Installing Software via Add/Remove Programsp. 559
Uninstalling Applicationsp. 559
Chapter 17 Providing Print Servicesp. 561
In Depth
Printers and Networksp. 564
Fixing Printer Problemsp. 565
Immediate Solutions
Creating a Parallel Port Printerp. 567
Creating a Serial Port Printerp. 568
Creating a Server Shared Printerp. 569
Creating a TCP/IP Port Printerp. 569
Creating a Network-Attached Printerp. 570
Publishing a Printer in Active Directoryp. 571
Pausing a Printerp. 571
Selecting the Default Printerp. 571
Sharing a Printerp. 572
Setting a Printer to Work Offlinep. 572
Setting Printing Securityp. 572
Auditing Printersp. 573
Deleting a Printerp. 573
Restarting a Stalled Print Jobp. 573
Pausing a Print Jobp. 574
Removing a Print Jobp. 574
Deleting All Print Jobsp. 574
Taking Ownership of a Printerp. 574
Creating a Printing Poolp. 575
Configuring Multiple Printers for a Single Devicep. 576
Scheduling Printingp. 576
Configuring Printer Prioritiesp. 577
Using Separator Pagesp. 577
Installing Multiple OS-Specific Driversp. 578
Updating the Printer Driverp. 578
Printing to a Printer from a Command Linep. 579
Managing Printersp. 579
Stopping the Spooler Servicep. 581
Starting the Spooler Servicep. 581
Setting Printing Preferencesp. 582
Monitoring Printer Queue Performancep. 583
Tracking Printer Usagep. 583
Keeping a Copy of Print Jobsp. 584
Modifying the Print Spool Folder Locationp. 584
Enabling Completed Print Job Notificationp. 585
Disabling Completed Print Job Notificationp. 585
Viewing Printer Driver Filesp. 585
Setting Printer Prioritiesp. 586
Chapter 18 Securityp. 587
In Depth
Kerberos Version 5p. 588
Working with Hot Fixes and Service Packsp. 590
Auditing for Securityp. 591
About Organizational Security Policiesp. 593
Encrypting File System (EFS)p. 600
Immediate Solutions
Controlling Objectsp. 602
Granting Domain Controller Logon Permissionp. 604
Using Audit Policiesp. 605
Working with Encryptionp. 607
Working with Security Templatesp. 612
Working with Service Packsp. 613
Chapter 19 Remote Access and Windows 2000p. 617
In Depth
Remote Control versus Remote Accessp. 618
Terminal Servicesp. 618
Remote Accessp. 626
Phone And Modem Optionsp. 634
Immediate Solutions
Installing Terminal Servicesp. 635
Creating a Network Distribution Point for Terminal Servicesp. 638
Creating Terminal Services Installation Disk Setsp. 638
Installing the Terminal Services Client Softwarep. 639
Connecting to a Terminal Services Server from a Terminal Services Clientp. 639
Creating a Dial-Up To Private Network Connection Objectp. 640
Creating a Dial-Up To The Internet Connection Objectp. 641
Creating a Connect To A Private Network Through The Internet Connection Objectp. 642
Creating an Accept Incoming Connections Connection Objectp. 643
Creating a Connect Directly To Another Computer Connection Objectp. 643
Chapter 20 Troubleshooting Windows 2000p. 645
In Depth
Troubleshooting 101p. 646
Event Viewerp. 647
Troubleshootingp. 649
Bootingp. 650
Registry Tools from the Windows 2000 Resource Kitsp. 658
The Recovery Consolep. 659
Troubleshooting Documentationp. 659
Immediate Solutions
Creating the Four Setup Boot Floppiesp. 661
Creating an Emergency Repair Diskp. 661
Using Startup File Repairp. 662
Searching the Registry Using REGEDITp. 662
Saving a Registry Keyp. 663
Restoring a Registry Keyp. 663
Viewing the Security Settings on Registry Keysp. 664
Using the Event Viewerp. 664
Booting Windows 2000 into Safe Modep. 665
Booting Using the Last Known Good Configurationp. 665
Installing the Recovery Consolep. 666
Appendix A Windows 2000 Resourcesp. 667
Appendix B CD Contentsp. 671
Glossaryp. 675
Indexp. 687