The Windows NT Registry is the repository for all hardware, software, and application configuration settings, and Managing the Windows NT Registry is the system administrator's guide to maintaining, monitoring, and updating the Registry database. The book addresses four main areas:
What is the Registry? Where does it live on disk? How do system services access and use it? What do you do if it's damaged or corrupted? Every NT administrator faces questions like this, often in a desperate attempt to fix something that's broken.
What tools are available? Detailed descriptions of Regedit, RegEdt32, the System Policy Editor, and selected Resource Kit utilities explain how to edit and secure the Registry both on local and on remote computers.
How can I access the Registry from a program? Regularly monitoring the Registry's contents is one way to preclude unpleasant surprises. Using examples in C++, Visual Basic, and Perl, Managing the WIndows NT Registry demonstrates how to create Registry-aware tools and scripts.
What's in the Registry? Not all Registry keys are adequately documented by Microsoft or by the other vendors who store configuration data in the Registry. Managing the Windows NT Registry offers a guided tour of some of these undocumented keys; in addition, the associated Web site provides a "living database" of Registry keys that readers can search (and contribute to).
This book is a "must have" for every NT system manager or administrator.
Paul Robichaux is an experienced software deveoper and author. He's worked on UNIX, Macintosh, and Win32 development projects over the past six years, including a stint on Intergraph's OLE team. He is the author of the Windows NT Server 4 Administrator's Guide.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animal featured on the cover of Managing the Windows NT Registry is a female or juvenile orangutan. The word "orangutan" comes from the Malayan for "man of the woods." Ancient legend has it that orangutans have the ability to speak, but choose not to because they are afraid that if humans find out, they will put the orangutans to work.
Orangutans are native to the forests of Borneo and Sumatra. Male adults have long beards and mustaches, and highly developed cheek pads and throat pouches. The throat pouches are used as resonators for mating calls and calls to mark territory. Human males have a similar throat pouch, called the "Morgagnitic pouch," but it is very small in most men. It becomes well developed in trumpet players, bass singers, and Muslim prayer callers.
These great apes are almost completely arboreal. They move by swinging from one tree branch to the next, and descend to the ground only when there is no branch to swing to, and occasionally to gather branches for building sleeping nests. Because of their method of locomotion, orangutan arms are very strong and long, measuring up to 7.8 feet when outspread and reaching to the ankles when stranding upright. Their legs, in contrast, are relatively weak. They eat primarily fruit, but will also eat bark, leaves, flowers, and eggs. They get their water by scooping it out of holes in the trees.
Orangutans mate while swinging from tree branches. Infants weigh approximately 3.5 pounds at birth. For about the first year the infant is completely dependent on its mother, and clings to her by entwining its fingers in her fur. If orangutan babies are orphaned they need to be given a substitute to cling to, and they usually display great affection for their surrogate "mothers." Development in the first year is similar to that of human babies.
Other than humans, orangutans have no natural enemies. However, as a result of hunting and habitat destruction, they are in danger of becoming extinct. Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover layout was produced with Quark XPress 3.3 using the ITC Garamond font. Whenever possible, our books use RepKover (tm), a durable and flexible lay-flat binding. If the page count exceeds RepKover's limit, perfect binding is used.
The inside layout was designed by Nancy Priest and implemented in FrameMaker by Mike Sierra. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. The ilustrations that appear in the book were created in Macromedia Freehand 7.0 and the screen shots were created in Adobe Photoshop 4.0 by Robert Romano. This colophon was written by CLairemarie Fisher O'Leary.