Chapter 3.  Configuring System Software and Components

Windows 2000 configuration tasks fall into two distinct categories: hardware and system software. Chapter 2 covered hardware configuration issues. This chapter covers Windows 2000 system software and components. For example, this chapter explains how to add and remove Windows 2000 components that don’t normally show up in the Add/Remove Programs object. You’ll also learn how to stop and start services, manage their startup behavior, and control what happens when a service fails.

System management is another important topic covered in this chapter, including how to customize the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to incorporate the console snap-ins you need for various management scenarios. You’ll also learn how to customize MMC consoles with taskpads that simplify performing various tasks.

Offline files—a new feature in Windows 2000—are also covered in this chapter. Offline files enable you to work with network files even when the computer hosting those files is offline or unavailable. You’ll learn how to configure offline files, move the offline cache to a different drive, and manage folders you share from your computer. Synchronization of offline files is also covered, which will help ensure that you’re always working with the most up-to-date copy of a file.

Enable or disable a service

Windows 2000 Setup by default installs a lot of system components, including some you might not really need or want. While you could remove ...

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