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Chapter 3.1. Getting Started as a Window... > Windows 2000 Administration Best Pra...

Windows 2000 Administration Best Practices

Here is a list of best practices that you should adopt where possible:

  • Never give users more authority on the network than they need to perform their work tasks.

  • Use separate accounts for acting as a user and acting as an administrator on the network.

  • Limit the number of administrators and guard passwords carefully. Do not make users the local administrator of their own computers unless absolutely necessary.

  • To simplify administration, grant permissions to user groups, not directly to user accounts.

    For more information, see Chapter 4.5, "Creating and Managing Groups."

  • When you need to have a log of attempts to log on to the network or of attempts to access files or printers, use Windows 2000 auditing.

    For more information, see Chapter 5.6, "Auditing Resource Access."

  • Do not neglect the physical security of servers and other critical resources.

  • Pay careful attention to the availability and reliability of critical infrastructure components such as Domain Controllers and DHCP, DNS, and WINS servers.

  • Whenever you have the option of using logical names and locations for resources instead of physical locations, do so. For example, instead of using shared folders on individual servers that must be connected to by the server name, use the Distributed File System (DFS) to make the location of the file server transparent to clients.



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