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Updated: June 09, 2001

The goal of these white papers is to help you better understand the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating system, its new features and services, and issues relating to its deployment and maintenance. The papers cover the following topics:

Overview of Windows 2000

This white paper is an overview of Windows 2000. In order to understand the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system platform, it's necessary to understand that it's made up of four distinct operating systems:

  1. Windows 2000 Professional

  2. Windows 2000 Server

  3. Windows 2000 Advanced Server

  4. Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

Active Directory Design

This white paper looks at the whole concept of the Active Directory service in the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system and the idea of building the forest, the trees, the domains, and so forth.

Microsoft Cluster Service

This white paper discusses the Microsoft Cluster Service built into the Windows 2000 Server operating system. It outlines the features and benefits of the Cluster Service, then briefly addresses deployment.

Configuring Remote Access/Virtual Private Networking

This white paper covers not only virtual private networking (VPN), but also the Remote Access Service (RAS) built in to Windows 2000 Server, and other areas beyond VPN.

Terminal Services

This white paper discusses the Terminal Services component built into the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server operating system. Topics include:

  1. What Terminal Services are

  2. How Terminal Services are deployed, including installation, policy, and security

  3. Scaling, including building an infrastructure that will support Terminal Services and tools that will help you do it

  4. Licensing issues and the License Manager

  5. Running applications with Terminal Services.

Web Hosting with IIS 5.0

This white paper covers the Web hosting features of Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0 (IIS), the Web server built into the Windows 2000 Server operating system.

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