Administrators spend much of their time and energy on workstation problems, those user and logon problems that keep the helpdesk phone jingling. From forgotten passwords to user-caused destruction of workstation environments, the problems are ongoing and unremitting. Some administrators have a real instinct for these kinds of problems; they "smell" the source and know right away what the solution is. Most of us, however, have to assess the problem logically. This book helps you take that approach.
Aimed at administrators who run networks with Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 95, and Windows 98 clients Managing Windows NT Logons puts those common problems and solutions into a volume that administrators can keep at hand and use easily.
One of the most frustrating things an administrator can hear is the user complaint "my computer won't start," but Chapter 1 talks about the various startup problems you may encounter with your hardware, operating system, or domain server. Startup is only one area where you might encounter a logon emergency. Maybe the difficulty lies in the password, the logon script, or perhaps even the resource access.
Managing Windows NT Logons even tells you how to manage workstations and fix problems remotely. Whatever it is, this book is a useful, to-the-point reference that will help you put out fires quickly and free up your time to do more important work.
This book covers:
Lockouts and freezes
Forced password changes
Replication and execution problems with the Logon Script
Local, roaming, and mandatory profiles
Domains and servers, the Network Neighborhood, and peripherals
Control of user activity
Remote administration on NT 4.0 and Win9x workstations
Kathy Ivens has been a computer consultant since 1984, and has authored and contributed to more than forty books on computer subjects. She writes a monthly column in Windows 2000 Magazine (formerly Windows NT Magazine), and has a syndicated column that runs in newspapers and on educational Internet sites. Before becoming an expert in computing, Ms. Ivens spent many years as a television producer, where she had fun producing sports and was mildly amused producing news and entertainment programs. Preceding that career was some time spent as a community organizer and also as a political consultant. She still doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up.
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 on the cover of Managing Windows NT Logons is aMelanochromis auratus, a fish that is also commonly known as the golden cichlid or golden mbuna.
The Melanochromis auratus is native to Lake Malawi in the tropics of Africa and is not found in the wild elsewhere. It will grow to be approximately four inches long. Its body is long and thin, and it is brilliantly colored, which makes it a popular addition to aquariums. The color is most often striped; females are typically black and gold, while males are usually blue and black. The Melanochromis auratus is a very aggressive and territorial fish, both toward other fish and toward members of its own species. Melanie Wang was the production editor and proofreader, and Ellie Fountain Maden was the copyeditor for Managing NT Logons. Nicole Arigo, Madeleine Newell, and Ellen Troutman Zaig provided quality control. Bruce Tracy wrote the index.
Ellie Volckhausen designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Kathleen Wilson produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 3.32 using Adobe's ITC Garamond font.
Alicia Cech designed the interior layout based on a series design by Nancy Priest. Mike Sierra implemented the design in FrameMaker 5.5. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Rhon Porter using Macromedia FreeHand 8 and Adobe Photoshop 5. This colophon was written by Nicole Arigo.