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Networking All-in-One For Dummies by Doug Lowe

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Chapter 4

Managing Windows User Accounts

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding user accounts

arrow Creating user accounts

arrow Setting account options

arrow Working with groups

arrow Creating a roaming profile

Every user who accesses a network must have a user account. User accounts let you control who can access the network and who can’t. In addition, user accounts let you specify what network resources each user can use. Without user accounts, all your resources would be open to anyone who casually dropped by your network.

Understanding Windows User Accounts

User accounts are among the basic tools for managing a Windows server. As a network administrator, you’ll spend a large percentage of your time dealing with user accounts — creating new ones, deleting expired ones, resetting passwords for forgetful users, granting new access rights, and so on. Before I get into the specific procedures of creating and managing user accounts, this section presents an overview of user accounts and how they work.

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