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Linux.com: Linux and Windows NT 4.0: Basic Administration - Part II

Oct 03, 2000, 16:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Campbell)

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"Administrative tasks in Windows NT are strikingly similar to the same tasks in Linux. This comes as little surprise, as one of Microsoft's first ventures had been Xenix, a Unix clone. Xenix eventually evolved into SCO Unices (SCO was partially owned by both Microsoft and Novell). Later, Microsoft worked with IBM on the project that split to become OS/2. Windows NT played a role in this, as well."

"As we saw in the last article, and will witness to a greater degree here, the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit is almost absolutely necessary to make Windows NT managable for the administrator. Incidentally, it's in the Resource Kit that most of the similarities to Linux/Unix are found."

"In Windows NT, the task manager may be found by pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL. This presents a window with three tabs: Applications, Processes and Performance. Applications show the friendly name of the user-executed applications. This is commonly used to 'End Task' when a windows application locks up. Sometimes, even that doesn't work. Under the 'Processes' tab, the 'End Process' button is more effectual, but it requires knowing how the system refers to the application. This crypticness, as well as scrolling through the entire list of running processes, makes ending a process here somewhat cumbersome. Also, here's where you can set the priority of the task. This would be done by right-clicking on the process and selecting the 'Set Priority' button. It gives the options of Low, Medium, High and Realtime. This function did not work in the earlier releases of Windows NT."

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