View Full Version : win2000 questions (networking, etc)
01-09-2001, 11:37 PM
Alright, i've noticed a lot of the posts in software/OS have been about win2k, but i have a few new questions, so i thought i'd make my own thread.
1) I'm used to networking computers w/ win 98 SE, but havent completely figured out how to do it w/ Win2k. I normally setup a network to share/transfer files using a crossover cable. for win98, all i have to do to set this up is add the netbui protocol & file and printer sharing service. I've tried w/ win2k, but havent gotten it to work yet. How do i get this to work?
2) How do i get the equivalent of msconfig (win98) on win2000? (maybe tell me for winme as well for future reference :D)
3) I've heard that norton systemworks doesnt work on win2000, but norton sw 2001 pro works for me. Doesnt have all the same things in one button checkup on win2k though, so i have to run some of the utils seperately.
4) I've heard you can setup a firewall w/ win2000, how do you do this, and is it reliable?
5) Whats the diff between win2000 & win2000 advanced server? Would it be worth it to run win2k advanced serv. on a comp for personal use? Is it more complicated?
thats it for now :D i'll probably think of a few more as i use win2000 more ;)
any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanx!
[Edited by Diablo on 01-09-2001 at 11:53 PM]
01-10-2001, 05:59 AM
To add win2k to a workgroup, right-click My Computer and select properties. Click on the Network Identification tab. Click the Properties button. From there, give your PC a name and click on the "workgroup" radio button and type in the name of your workgroup. To add a protocol and/or file sharing in win2k, right-click My Network Places and then right-click your LAN connection and select properties. Click Install... to add the NetBEUI protocol and make sure all or your desired services are checked.
You can browse the network by clicking the entire network icon in My Network Places or you can add a place, which is simply a UNC share name (\\COMPUTER\SHARE)
I would recommend installing TCP/IP instead of NetBEUI because it's easier to test connectivity using a simple ping.
I think Adv. server scales to more processors, but I don't know what the difference is besides that. If you're running it at home, the regular version should be fine, unless you're doing something sinister in your basement.
Hope this helps
01-10-2001, 06:10 AM
2) Try Start |Programs | Administrative tools | Computer Management. If you don't see that program group, right-click your taskbar and select properties. Click on the Advanced tab, and check "Display Administrative Tools" in the start menu setting box
01-10-2001, 12:09 PM
thanks topane for the help :D
in response to your reply for #2:
i tried what you said, but i dont think that's what i was looking for. In win98, i use start-run-msconfig, which lets you view/control config.sys, autoexec.bat, system.ini, win.ini, and most importantly for me, startup. I read the command for win2000 somewhere, but didnt write it down at the time :\
also, i have another question
6) When i go to start-shutdown, i dont have the option to restart in dos mode. I know theres a key combination when you're starting up that gives you the option, but i dont recall it. Is there a way within win2k to do this, or will i need the key combo at startup? (What is the key combo as well ;))
01-10-2001, 01:00 PM
There isn't really a "DOS-mode" in win2k. You can boot to a command prompt when your boot your system--press the F8 key --you should see a brief message on the bottom of your screen right before the logo screen comes up. You can't get there by shutting down windows, though
Also Win2k doesn't use a config.sys or autoexec.bat. There are config.nt and autoexec.nt files, but they're used for environmental settings for console-based (DOS) applications. Likewise win.ini and system.ini are there, but there isn't much in them--they're only there in case any 16-bit apps need something. You can run the "sysedit" program from within win2k and it will give you the win.ini and system.ini files.
01-10-2001, 01:57 PM
obviously i'm a win98 fan, but i want more stability, so i suppose i have to suffer through the complexities of win2000 ;)
update for #1:
I got the network setup & working (one comp on 98, other on 2000). The win2000 comp had a network password that i had not set, so i couldnt access it via the 98 comp. I tried to figure out how to remove/modify this password, but couldnt find out how. (98 is easier is much easier in this sense)
thought of another question..hehe Might as well start my own faq ;)
7) is there any way to use ctrl+alt+delete to close a program? I know win2000 is more stable, but errors still occur. Using the task bar is alright, but i'm so used to c+a+d, plus its easier. I'm not sure if u can configure win2k to do this though.
01-10-2001, 02:07 PM
You can c+a+d and select "task manager" from the dialog box. You can kill applications this way. You can also access the task manager by right-clicking an empty spot on your taskbar.
01-14-2001, 09:49 PM
applies to #2, theres a program called startup control panel, you can find it at http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
as for the previous questions, i've gotten the answers, besides the problem i've had when networking 98 comp w/ 2000. (same as chosenfool)
New question: ;)
I've heard benefits/detriments of NTFS & Fat32. NTFS has more security, but win95 & 98 cant read NTFS without a 3rd party utility. Does the network security aspect of NTFS apply to internet security as well? I've heard certain programs arent fully functional under NTFS, is this true? Which partition is recommended?
[Edited by Diablo on 01-14-2001 at 10:39 PM]
01-16-2001, 06:51 AM
Originally posted by Diablo:
Does the network security aspect of NTFS apply to internet security as well? I've heard certain programs arent fully functional under NTFS, is this true? Which partition is recommended?
NTFS is more secure, but if your system is compromised (ie over the LAN, internet, whatever) and someone gets your admin password, you're could be screwed no matter what your filesystem is. NTFS 5.0 (in w2k) does allow file-level encryption, which is a pretty cool feature and can help protect sensitive data.
There are programs (like disk utilities) which don't work properly under NTFS, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.
According to the boys in Redmond, use FAT or FAT32 (on >2GB partitions) if you're sharing partitions between w2k (or NT) and Win 9x. Use NTFS if you're running NT or W2k, and use FAT if you're sharing between NT and w2k--NT4 is unable to recognize NTFS 5.0 encryption or compression
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