Windows 2000 Prof. logging on to an NT4 Domain-Server
||When starting up Windows
(and you defined that users must
you will first need to press
the keys "Ctrl" , "Alt" and
the same time to get the system to
start the logon process.
||By default, just the
boxes for the
Username and password are displayed
(and the system shows the name of the
user having last used the system).
More information is displayed when
using "Options > >"
||When configured for
networking, it will just display in addition
the checkbox for "log-on using dial-up
connection" and the possibility to
"Shutdown" the system
making a logon.
The Logon changes after the Windows 2000 system has "Joined a Domain":
||The simple version of the
"logon" screen is the same
as in the workgroup networking
||The expanded version shows an
additional combo-box, from which
you can select either the name
of the domain or the name of the
This allows you to select, whether
you like to logon using the user-database of the domain-server
or the user-database of your local system (as used before joining
There are several reasons why you
still need to logon using your local user-database,
the most important: The Administrator permission to be able to
modify the setup / configuration
of the Windows 2000 system.
When you logon to the Domain, your username will NOT have any
for the domain (unless you are yourself the
Domain administrator, but even then it is suggested that you
connect to the
server without administrative rights to avoid accidental deletion
of vital server data).
The domain security system is now also valid for the local
Windows 2000 system, not allowing
to make changes to the setup / configuration.
If you need to make a change to the setup / configuration, you
make a logon to the
Local user-database, allowing to make the logon as a user with
||Once you have made the
logon to a
domain server and you check your
"My Network Places":
then compared to workgroup-
networking, an icon is missing:
So, I am checking the "Entire
Nothing is displayed, so let's follow the advise:
"You may also view the entire contents of the network"
||where I find:
Microsoft Windows Networks
||and as part of the
Microsoft Network my
||and as part of the domain
it shows my Domain server
||with the shared resources.
I have no idea, why it requires
such a long detour to finally get to
the shared resources of the server
(compared to the direct access
To get a quick access to a shared
resource on the server, it seems to be best to
map a network drive or to declare the server as a "Network
||The "Browse"-button allows
a shared resource on the server
||That is translated to the
UNC-name of the network
||The shared resource of
is now available for direct access
in "My Network Places"
Why this detour to be able to locate a server
Just to check this, I reconfigured the Windows2000 system (in the
properties of "My Computer")
to work again as a "Workgroup", defining as
workgroup-name the name of the domain:
in "My Network Places"
"Computers Near Me"
quick access to the server.
Why the above detour for
members of the domain ?
if somebody knows a method
to be a member of a domain and
have "Computers Near Me"
displayed, please tell me !