March 2003 Reader Challenge

Administering Win2K Networks

Congratulations to our March Reader Challenge winners. I tried a subtle trick question, but it's hard to fool you, and I was surprised at how many readers "got it." Vince Streiff of Washington, D.C., wins first prize, a copy of "Windows 2000: The Complete Reference." Keith Stenger of Louisville, Kentucky, wins second prize, a copy of "Admin911: Windows 2000 Registry."


A reader sent me a story, and it makes a good Reader Challenge. She works at a small company with 250 workstations, two domain controllers (DCs--DC-1 and DC-2), and 20 member servers for file and print services. The company employs two IT professionals--Mike and Judy--to maintain the system, and both of them use Windows XP on their personal workstations.

Mike and Judy worked out a plan for managing the tasks performed on the DCs. They split the DC roles between the two machines. Judy is in charge of DC-1, and Mike is in charge of DC-2.

Mike says that because of Microsoft's constant warnings about the dangers inherent in logging on to a computer with the Administrator account, he'll use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Local Computer snap-in to create a local user on DC-2 with administrative permissions and will log on to the computer with that account. Judy says she'll install the Administrative Tools package on her XP computer and work on DC-1 remotely.

The reader who sent me the story works in the human resources (HR) department of this company. If you were she, to which IT pro would you suggest taking a class in administering Win2K networks, and why?


No one gets a gold star. Mike needs to take a class in administration because a domain controller has no local users. Judy needs to take a class in administration because the Win2K administration tools don’t run on XP. When the company upgrades to Windows Server 2003, Judy will have new, improved remote administration tools that she can install on her XP computer to administer servers.

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