13.1. The Possibilities

Most people have never seen or worked with a security system as complete and intricate as Windows 2000. Experienced UNIX programmers are familiar with UNIX's file security system, and with the idea of root privileges, but these systems are primitive compared to Windows 2000. There are many areas in which Windows 2000 security is adapting to support the Internet-based enterprise. Some of the changes reflect advances in supporting large organizations through the use of the hierarchical Windows 2000 Active Directory. Other changes take advantage of the flexibility of the Windows security architecture to integrate authentication using Internet public-key certificates. The following list introduces the new Windows 2000 security ...

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