Windows 2000 Hardware and Disk Management (Prentice Hall series on Microsoft technologies)

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9780130891044: Windows 2000 Hardware and Disk Management (Prentice Hall series on Microsoft technologies)

With this book, the many new users of Windows 2000 operating systems can configure and maintain their disks and hardware devices so they perform in an effective manner.

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Hardware devices, particularly hard disk drives, are peculiar creatures in the Windows world. Though stunning advances in capability have taken place in recent years, backward compatibility requirements dictate that modern devices be similar in many ways to products sold five (or even 15) years ago. Windows 2000 Hardware and Disk Management is about the intersection of Microsoft's latest operating systems and various hardware specifications. It's a valuable resource for system administrators, system integrators and power users interested in getting the most from the disk subsystem and other hardware interfaces of Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server.

Coverage of hardware devices other than hard disks doesn't go terribly deep. (There's a mere one paragraph dedicated to resolving this common problem: "The printer does not print.") Indeed, this book would be better if it included explicit coverage of how Windows 2000 interacts, for example, with SCSI disks (the term "SCSI" doesn't even show up in the index). Still, this book earns its keep by detailing how to use Windows 2000's disk-admin tools--it sticks to the software level. You'll find clear guidance on how to establish and discontinue drive mirroring, for example, and how to set up a safety net based on RAID-5 volumes. There's also a brief but worthwhile introduction to the process of creating and maintaining a storage scheme based on the Distributed File System (DFS). --David Wall, Amazon.com

Topics covered: The hardware-management tools that come with Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server. Modems, network cards, printers and multimedia devices all get their moments in the sun, but hard disks comprise the main event. There's coverage of dynamic disks, dynamic volumes, the Distributed File System (DFS), RAID-5 support and plenty of administration and management tools.

From the Back Cover:

  • The only comprehensive guide to Windows 2000 hardware and disks!
  • Choosing the right hardware for Windows 2000
  • Dozens of hardware configuration tips, techniques, and practical examples
  • Practical troubleshooting-including plug-and-play
  • Printers, modems, network cards, USB, scanners, digital cameras, and more
  • Disk management: Dfs, EFS, disk quotas, fault tolerance

The only complete guide to managing hardware and disks in Windows 2000!

  • Configure Windows 2000 hardware and disks for maximum performance and reliability
  • Choose the right hardware and disk systems for your Windows 2000 applications
  • Master techniques and tools that slash your hardware administration costs
  • Understand plug-and-play, USB support, and other Windows 2000 hardware capabilities-in-depth
  • Master Windows 2000's new disk features: dynamic disks, online/offline disks, EFS, Dfs, disk quotas, and more
  • Implement and configure fault tolerance

Windows 2000 Hardware and Disk Management is 100% focused on helping IT professionals and users make the most of hardware and disks with Windows 2000. Covering both Windows 2000 Server and Professional, this book delivers practical examples, real-world techniques, and expert insight—in a handy, quick-reference format that delivers the right solution, right when you need it!

Windows 2000 expert Curt Simmons offers detailed techniques for ensuring compatibility, configuring hardware for maximum performance and reliability, using Windows 2000's hardware management utilities more effectively—and troubleshooting even the most challenging problems.

Discover how Windows 2000 works with modems, printers, network adapter cards, scanners, digital cameras, and many other devices—and take a close look at Windows 2000's widely publicized USB and plug-and-play support. Next, walk through each of Windows 2000's powerful new storage enhancements—including the Distributed File System (Dfs), Encrypted File System (EFS), dynamic disks, online/offline disks, fault tolerance, disk quotas, backup, and more.

Don't waste one extra minute struggling with Windows 2000 hardware! Get the book with all the solutions: Windows 2000 Hardware and Disk Management.

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