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Win2k Information for Implemeters and Network Pro's
on February 19, 2000
There are some books you like, some books you don't like, and some books you think are *really* special. I put "Managing Windows 2000 Network Services" into into the *really* special group.
The Networking components of Windows 2000 are radically different from those we're used to working with in Windows NT 4.0. For those old familiar services, like DHCP, WINS, and DNS, the interfaces have all changed significantly. What you used to be able to do without thinking can become a trial by fire in Windows 2000.
The user interface is not the only thing that's changed. DHCP has new functionality such as support for Vendor and User classes, integration with Dynamic DNS where it can update Host (A) records and Pointer (PTR) records for DHCP clients. The new WINS server allows replication partners to maintain persistent connections with replication partners, and the formerly arduous task of manually tombstoning records is just a mouse click away. DNS has radically changed, and now supports dynamic updates of Host and Pointer records. More importantly, The Windows 2000 Dynamic DNS service takes the place of WINS as the primary domain locator for Windows 2000 clients.
In addition to the old services we are all accustomed to, some of the "add-on" features to NT 4.0 are now part of the base networking subsystem in Windows 2000. The Routing and Remote Access Service has a brand new interface and now supports RIP versions 1 and 2 and OSPF right out of the box. Routes can now be configured via the GUI interface, rather than having to go to the command line.
Windows 2000 is the first Microsoft operating system to provide the tremendously valuable services provided by L2TP/IPSec. Now you have at your fingertips a method to secure your network communications in a fashion which is transparent both to the user and the user's applications. IPSec is a great way to secure your "free text" communications such as SNMP and DNS messages from the prying "eyes" of unsuspected network sniffers. And it makes a great tunneling protocol between your VPN hosts or gateways!
Each chapter is filled with details that allow you to actually IMPLEMENT and TROUBLESHOOT the technology. While the book will make a great study guide for the 70-216 and 70-221 exams, its main focus is to provide you, the systems integrator and network engineer and administrator, the knowledge and skills you need to get the job done right, and fix it when it breaks. I believe we have met those goals, and hope you, our readers, will feel the same way.
I'm proud of the work we've done with this book and we'll back it up. If you ever have any questions on any of the topics or implementations in the book, please write to me at email@example.com.