Chapter 4 through Chapter 7 of this book form a quick desktop reference that lets you look up a concept, task, console or snap-in, utility, or command and quickly find what you’re looking for. Nevertheless, for readers who are either brilliant, impatient, or have nothing better to do, the remainder of this chapter contains a potpourri of things about Windows 2000 that advanced administrators will want to know to get the most out of it and avoid the pitfalls. Wherever possible, I’ve drawn comparisons to similar aspects of Windows NT administration and included cross-references to Chapter 4, and Chapter 4, in Part II of this book. I’ve also arranged the sections below in alphabetical order according to topic to help you find useful information more quickly.

Account Policy

Setting account policy—such as password and account lockout restrictions—was easy in Windows NT using the User Manager for Domains administrative tool. In Windows 2000 you must use Group Policy (or the Domain Security Policy located in Administrative Tools on a domain controller) if you are in a domain environment, and you must configure the appropriate settings of a domain GPO for your domain. See Group Policy in Chapter 4 and Chapter 4 for more information.

Active Directory

For many companies Active Directory is the raison d'être for migrating their Windows NT networks to Windows 2000, but implementing it successfully takes careful planning and training of IT staff. For information on planning and implementation, ...

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