• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter 31. System Management and Config... > Protecting the Workstation's System ...

Protecting the Workstation's System Files

We are all familiar with the problem of an operating system becoming suspiciously unstable after the installation of a new application or a driver or after a system crash. Microsoft has been painfully aware of this problem for some time, and many a technician (whether a Microsoft employee or not) has been forced to instruct a PC user to "reinstall Windows" as the only solution. We all know how much fun that is. If you think Windows operating systems sometimes seem like a house of cards stacked level upon level, waiting for a single *.DLL or other system file to fail, well, you're right. This kind of vulnerability is wholly unacceptable in mission-critical settings, so Microsoft had to come up with preventive measures.

As discussed in Chapter 30, the System applet has a means for setting up options that prevent the often-unintentional destabilization of the operating system from applications or driver installations or, in the worst case, the introduction of viruses that intentionally alter or overwrite system files. Windows 2000's Security Manager and file system work in symphony to help protect critical system files and drivers. Several areas of system functionality help prevent damage from the installation of untested drivers or from modification of system executables such as dynamic link libraries (DLLs). They are as follows:


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint