Windows NT systems are often said to "manage themselves." This book is for those times when things don't quite work out that way, when somebody who knows what's going on needs to intervene.
Essential Windows NT System Administration helps you manage Windows NT systems as productively as possible, making the task as pleasant and satisfying as can be. It combines practical experience with technical expertise, helping you to work smarter and more efficiently. It not only covers the standard utilities offered with the Windows NT operating system, but also those from the Resource Kit, as well as important commercial and free third-party tools. It also pays particular attention to developing your own tools by writing scripts in Perl and other languages to automate common tasks.
Essential Windows NT System Administration covers:
How Windows NT systems boot and how to shut them down
User account administration, including tips for managing large numbers of accounts
Creating file systems, including striped and fault-tolerant file systems, and securing their contents from unauthorized access
Sharing file systems via the network, using Windows NT's native share facility and other facilities such as Samba and NFS
General and advanced network configuration, including DHCP, DNS, WINS, routing, and RAS
Managing printers, including local printers, network printers, and printer pools
Managing processes, including the Windows NT schedule service, as well as performance optimization and capacity planning
Securing Windows NT systems, including implementing security policies and system auditing
This book covers the workstation and server versions of Windows NT 4.0 on both Intel and Alpha processor-based systems.
AEleen Frisch is a Windows NT and UNIX system administrator, and is the author of several books, including O'Reilly's bestselling Essential System Administration.
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