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Chapter 1.1. Overview of Windows 2000 Ar... > Windows 2000 System Architecture

Windows 2000 System Architecture

Windows 2000 was designed to support local security, be portable to other hardware platforms, provide symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), have integrated networking capabilities, and provide a robust environment for client/server applications. In its design, it is highly modular, with each component of the operating system playing a well-defined role. It is essential, when supporting or troubleshooting Windows 2000, to have a basic understanding of what these components do and how they interact with each other.

Figure 1.1.1 provides a diagram that represents the basic structure of Windows 2000. The main system components that will be described in this section are as follows:


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