Compared to Windows
Windows 2000 Server has an additional menu
entry for "Administrative Tools":
( similar to NT4
Workstation and NT4 Server,
but with much more features) with tools
(like: Event Viewer, Performance
and to manage the Server.
2000 Server, Microsoft introduces a new administration method for
with a modified method to define and manage Network Domains,
replacing the previous domain
model as used in Windows NT 3.x and NT4 (which could be called an
The Windows 2000 Active Directory system includes a
"compatibility mode" with the previous
domain model to allow to connect previous versions of Windows
(="legacy versions"), which are
not aware of the new Active Directory like Windows 95, 98 and
Windows NT4, to a Windows
At the same time, Microsoft makes the effort to modernize the
design of their networking method:
All previous Microsoft network systems, starting with the DOS
"LanManager" and continuing
"Windows for Workgroups",Windows
NT 3.x,Windows95,Windows98 and even Windows NT4,
require the use of "NetBIOS".
The original Microsoft (and also IBM) protocol "NetBEUI"
is just a simple implementation of
"NetBIOS" for small networks.
able to use the "TCP/IP" protocol,
Windows networking is using a feature
called "NetBIOS over TCP/IP",
does have some limitations when used
with Dialup-networking and in
Wide Area-Networks (WAN's)
(the example on the left is
With Windows 2000 Active
Directory, the use of DNS allows to operate a
without NetBIOS on a network with ONLY Windows 2000 systems.
However NetBIOS is still
supported for networking with the "legacy" systems (WfW
3.x, Windows95, Windows98, NT4).
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Compared to Windows NT4 Server, Windows 2000 is much more flexible during the
While it is already required to define during the first phase of
an NT4-server installation the role
of the system ("Standalone Server"
or "Domain Controller"),the
Windows 2000 Server installation
is very similar to a Windows 2000 Professional installation ( it
is just asking for the Licensing mode
to be used and the number of clients) : Windows 2000 Server is
installed as a "Standalone Server",
which can then in a second step configured to become a Windows
2000 Domain controller by
configuring the Active Directory:
- Windows 2000
Server: Configure Active Directory (created May 5, 2001)
(unlike NT4 server, where a change of
system type requires a complete reload, you can un-install the Active
- Windows 2000
Server: User Management (created May 5, 2001)
Windows 2000 DHCP-server:
- Install DHCP
June 4, 2001)
- Configure DHCP
June 4, 2001)
- Display DHCP
Server Information (created June 4, 2001)
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