Chapter 2. System Configuration

Introduction

There are many useful customizations you can make after installing the operating system. Some of the configuration options I cover in this chapter include setting the time and date, joining a server to a domain, configuring page files, and configuring startup and failure options. I then cover some settings that disable annoying Windows features. These aren't terribly important from a performance point of view, but are down-right necessary to reduce your frustration level when dealing with a server. Good examples of this include disabling the Manage/Configure Your Server Wizard and the Windows Server 2003 Shutdown Tracker.

Using a Command-Line Interface

Commands to help configure Windows Server are not in short supply. In Table 2-1, I list all the command-line utilities I use in this chapter along with where each can be found.

Table 2-1. Command-line tools used in this chapter

Tool

Windows Server 2003

Windows 2000 Server

Recipes

bootcfg

%SystemRoot%\system32

N/A

2.14

compname

http://www.willowhayes.co.uk/

http://www.willowhayes.co.uk/

2.8

date

CMD shell

CMD shell

2.7

dsmod

%SystemRoot%\system32

N/A

2.10

hostname

%SystemRoot%\system32

%SystemRoot%\system32

2.8

msoobe

%SystemRoot%\system32\oobe

N/A

2.1

net

%SystemRoot%\system32

%SystemRoot%\system32

2.2, 2.7

netdom

Windows 2003 Support Tools

Windows 2000 Support Tools

2.8-2.10

nltest

Windows 2003 Support Tools

Windows 2000 Support Tools

2.10

psinfo

http://sysinternals.com/

http://sysinternals.com/ ...

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