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ComputerWorld: Tech Analysis: Win 2K -- Forget NT, this is something very different

Oct 19, 1999, 18:02 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Kay)

"Compared to its predecessor, NT 4.0 Enterprise Edition, Win 2K Advanced Server is much more complex and admits much greater degrees of control. It also requires more intensive and deep networking knowledge than I suspect that many IT departments can muster."

"The organization of Win 2K networks is somewhat different from NT, and hard to explain for two reasons. First, much of it is nonhierarchical in nature, relating to considerations such as location and bandwidth. Second, there exist several different sets of network nomenclature that are intermingled and used together, not just in the teaching and reference material but in the on-screen dialogue boxes as well.

The serious problem is that none of these metaphoric terms exactly match up to one another, and sometimes they don't reflect the networks' real structure."

"It appears to be entirely possible for domain administrators to shoot themselves in the foot, i.e., to lock themselves out of the domain entirely such that the only recourse is to reinstall Windows 2K AS and reconfigure the network."

"Unless they're planning a quick trip into another profession, savvy IT managers who currently have NT in their job description had better plan on taking some fairly heavy-duty training courses on the innards of Win 2K. Microsoft's own certification program is being revamped for Win 2K, and current Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSE) will have to take at least two or three more exams to be certified for Windows 2000."

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