In Configuring Windows 2000 Without Active Directory
, Carol Bailey makes a persuasive argument that her title procedure isn't the logical equivalent of making a banana split without fruit. Declining to use the primary new feature of Windows 2000 removes a thick layer of complexity from Windows 2000, she writes, and makes it much easier to integrate Windows 2000 (with its nice user interface, great hardware support, and enhanced software compatibility) into a network that's made up mainly of machines running Windows NT or a Unix variant. Plus, she continues, it's always good policy to think twice before implementing any company's first version of anything as complex and mission critical as an enterprise directory scheme.
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.
About the Author
Carol Bailey (MCSE+Internet) is a Senior Technical Consultant working for Metascybe Systems Ltd in London. Metascybe is a Microsoft Certified Partner that develops its own PC communications software as well as offers project work and consultancy. In addition to supporting these products and services for an internationally diverse customer base, Carol co-administers the company's in-house IT resources. With over 10 years in the industry, Carol has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience with Microsoft operating systems. She first qualified as an MCP with NT3.51 in 1995 and will remain qualified as MCSE as a result of passing the Windows 2000 exams last year. Her other qualifications include a BA (Hons) in English and an MSc in Information Systems. Well known for her Windows 2000 expertise, Carol has a number of publications on this subject, which include co-authoring the following books in the best-selling certification series from Syngress\Osborne McGraw-Hill: n MCSE Windows 2000 Network Administration Study Guide (Exam 70-216). ISBN: 0072123834 n MCSE Designing a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure Study Guide (Exam 70-221). ISBN: 0072124946 n MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Boxed Set (Exam 70-240). ISBN: 0072123834
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).