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After taking a chapter or two to explore reasons why Windows 2000 sans Active Directory might be a good idea, Bailey launches into a feature-by-feature exploration of Windows 2000's new features and how to configure them in environments in which Active Directory Services are not available. Her documentation of many features--power management on portable computers, for example--wouldn't have anything to do with Active Directory in any case, but even these sections explain their subjects well. You'll find them especially handy if you manage an organization's inventory of computers, as the explanations frequently take that angle. Frequently asked questions sections at the end of each chapter make great reading and may inform you of features and techniques of which you weren't aware. --David Wall
Topics covered: How to configure Windows 2000 Server and Professional in environments (especially centrally managed ones) in which Active Directory has not been implemented.
Thomas Shinder M.D. (MCSE, MCP+I, MCT) is a technology trainer and consultant in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. He has consulted with major firms, including Xerox, Lucent Technologies, and FINA Oil, assisting in the development and implementation of IP-based communications strategies. Tom is a Windows 2000 editor for Brainbuzz.com and a Windows 2000 columnist for Swynk.com Tom attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago and trained in neurology at the Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, Oregon. His fascination with interneuronal communication ultimately melded with his interest in internetworking and led him to focus on systems engineering. Tom and his wife, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, design elegant and cost-efficient solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses based on Windows NT/2000 platforms. Tom has authored several Syngress books, including Configuring ISA Server 2000: Building Firewalls for Windows 2000 (ISBN: 1-928994-29-6), Configuring Windows 2000 Server Security (ISBN: 1-928994-02-4), Managing Windows 2000 Network Services (ISBN: 1-928994-06-7), and Troubleshooting Windows 2000 TCP/IP (ISBN: 1-928994-11-3).