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Windows 2000 Administration

There's a lot of little things you're required to know to keep your Windows 2000 Network running smoothly. This is our collection of essentials that we couldn't categorize anywhere else. 


Batch Files
Batch programs (also called batch files) allow you to simplify routine or repetitive tasks. 
Command Line Tools
Perform tasks faster via the command line. Quick references for batch files, syntax, etc.

Computer Accounts
Naming, changing, and managing computer accounts for servers and workstations
Environmental Variables
Environment variables are strings that contain information and control the behavior of various programs
Logon and Authentication
Resources for customizing and troubleshooting user logon and authentication. 
Logon Scripts
A logon script is a small program that executes automatically when a user logs on to a particular computer system. 

Microsoft Management Console
A single unified interface for all administrative functions in Windows 2000

Password Management
Changing, setting and enforcing policies,  and troubleshooting passwords.

Run As (Secondary Logon)
Allows administrators to log on with a regular account and still be able to perform administrative tasks (without logging off)

Managing and debugging the various Windows 2000 services. 

Scheduling Service
Resources for automating tasks using the AT command and Scheduling Service

Telnet Client is used to connect to a remote computer over a network for the purpose of remote administration.

Time Synchronization
Keeping your workstations and servers in synch is critical for Kerberos authentication

Manageability Improvements in Windows 2000 Server
Manageability Improvements in Windows 2000 Server Manageability is critical for enterprise-scale use, and the feature set in Windows 2000 Server includes many enhancements to make distributed heterogeneous environments easier to manage. Source: 

NT Tips for Administrators
Nice collection of tips and tricks from Wayne Maples.

Overview of Windows 2000 Server Roles
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 242955 - This article discusses some of the various roles for Windows 2000-based servers

The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Administration
An online book written by Sean Daily and Darren Mar-Elia. Sponsored by
Quest Software. Source: Realtimepublishers

Administrator's Toolkit
Advice on tools and utilities to make your life easier. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (March 1998) 

Adding a New Windows 2000 File/Print and Web Server to Your Network
Fast file and printer sharing is a basic network service that virtually all users require on an internal network. Microsoft Windows 2000 is an ideal platform on which to build a reliable and flexible network to share these vital files and services. Source: (March 10, 2000)

Default Processes in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 263201 - This article describes the processes which run by default in Microsoft Windows 2000. These processes can be viewed using Task Manager.

Description of the Cdldr File in the Root Folder of the System Partition
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 216326 - After you install Windows 2000 from CD-ROM, the Cdldr file appears in the root folder of the system partition. 

Gpresult Does Not Enumerate the Resultant Computer Security Policy
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 258595 - Although the Gpresult.exe command-line tool displays information about the result that Group Policy has on the current computer and logged-on user, it does not reveal details of the security policy.

How to Allow Normal Users Temporary Access to Local Administrator Tasks
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 231270 - Describes how to let normal users perform a task or run a program on their computers that requires administrative privileges without changing the users' current security settings. 

How To Automate Folder Permissions
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 180464 - It is sometimes necessary to assign permissions to a folder so that a particular User and the Administrators group can administer it, as in the case of Users Home Directories.

How to Enable Disk Quotas in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 183322 - This article describes how to enable disk quotas in Windows 2000.

How to Gain System Access to a Windows 2000-Based Computer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 238846. You may need to run commands in the context of the local System account for recovery or other administrative purposes. (updated 12/29/99)

HOW TO: Use Adminpak.msi to Install a Specific Server Administration Tool 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 314978 - This article describes how to specify an individual Server Administration Tool when you install the Administration Pack (Adminpak.msi).

Inside Windows Management Interface
WMI implements Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) technology to offer an extensible data-collection and management facility that lets you manage local and remote systems composed of arbitrary components. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Feb 2000)

Managing Remote Access on a Per-group Basis Using Windows 2000 Remote Access Policies
This article shows you how to allow and deny remote access on a per-group basis for the three remote-access administrative models. Source: (March 15, 2000)

Saving and Restoring Existing Windows NT Shares
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 125996 - If you need to reinstall Windows NT over an existing installation (a clean install, not an upgrade), move all of your data drives from one server to another, or install Windows NT to another directory or drive on a computer that already has Windows NT installed, you can save the share names that exist on the original Windows NT installation, including any permissions assigned to those shares.

Well Known Security Identifiers in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 243330 - A security identifier (SID) is a unique value of variable length that is used to identify a security principal or security group in Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows NT. Well-known SIDs are a group of SIDs that identify generic users or generic groups. Their values remain constant across all operating systems. This information is useful for troubleshooting issues involving security. It is also useful for potential display problems that may be seen in the ACL editor. A SID may be displayed in the ACL editor instead of the user or group name. 


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