Windows 2000 Rollout:
A Technical Overview

Essential info for technical staff preparing for deployment
Course developer: Glenn Weadock


Windows 2000 is here, and organizations are exploring new options for testing, installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting the blockbuster operating system. This 2-day intensive course is hands-on (one PC per student). Tuition includes workbook and CD.

1. Key Differences between Windows 9x and Windows 2000

A. Two Converging Windows Product Lines
B. Windows 9x Family Design Philosophy
C. Windows NT/2000 Family Design Philosophy
D. Core Architecture
E. File System
F. Security
G. Hardware Support
H. User Interface
I. Management and Administration
J. Setup
K. Communications and Networking

2. The Typical Windows 2000 Installation Process

A. Getting Ready to Install Windows 2000
B. Clean Installations versus Upgrades
C. A Typical Upgrade Scenario
D. Changing the Default Setup Location
E. When Is a Reinstall Necessary?

3. Directory Structure and Key File Locations

A. Virtual Folders
B. Root-Level Folders
C. Documents and Settings
D. Program Files

4. Windows File Protection

A. Problem Overview
B. The WFP Daemon
C. The Command-Prompt SFC Utility
D. Registry-Based Controls
E. Driver Signing

5. The Windows 2000 Registry

A. The Registry’s Function
B. Physical and Logical Organization of the Registry
C. Registry Editors
D. Backing Up the Registry

6. Creating a Dual-Boot System

A. Pros and Cons of Dual-Boot Systems
B. Microsoft’s Rules of the Road
C. Step by Step to Dual-Boot
D. Third-Party Software versus Microsoft
E. Dual-Boot Systems and Application Software
F. Protecting against Pitfalls

7. Automated Installation Options

A. Distribution Options
B. Setup Manager
C. SysPrep

8. The Microsoft Software Installer (MSI) Model

A. Problem Overview
B. MSI File Structure
C. Publishing Applications
D. Assigning Applications
E. Removing Applications
F. Making Applications Easier to Run

9. Using the Event Logs

A. Event Log Overview
B. Standard Windows 2000 Professional Event Logs
C. Event Log Window Anatomy
D. Changing Event Log Location
E. Changing What Events Get Logged

10. Resources and References

A. Resource Kit Tools
Focus Section: APCOMPAT.EXE
Focus Section: REG.EXE
B. Electronic References
C. Books

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