I want to take a step back and describe some of the simpler features offered by Windows 2000 that you might not know about. There have been some very serious improvements in the usage and flow of information for the common user. I am going to write a series of articles which will review a few of these that I think are significant. If you have any other featured improvements, please feel free to send them to me at Christopher Rice and I will publish them here.
1. Make Available Off Line- Windows 2000 has got laptop users in mind more than the NT operating system did. If you go into the My Computer icon and drop down the tools list, you will find Folder Options. Once you select The Folder Option, you must select the Offline Files tab and in this field you will be able to set your preferences. These preferences allow you to enable this feature, set synchronization, enable reminders, and limit the amount of temporary disk space that you want to allocate for this function.
This feature is very nice for someone who wants to do a lot of work on the move, but may not have the mental capacity to remember to sync up the documents. Just kidding.
Nobody wants to worry about this process. What if you have worked on ten different documents while you were off-line. You don't want to have to remember to copy all of these onto the network, this will alleviate that need.
2. Telnet abilities - With Windows 2000, there is the ability for Telnet for most all users in your environment.
If you want to see what is going on on your machine (i.e. - who is telnetting in), Go to your administrative tools in the control panel adn click into Telnet Server Administration. Here you will have the ability to view who is accessing your machine, kick them off, edit the registry, or stop and start services.
This tool is very handy for simple administration when you don't want to have to use some remote control tools for administration. We all know how handy the Remote Control is with SMS....
Well, I'll have another one for you soon, keep an eye out.