Windows 2000 Key Features
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Windows 2000 Key Features

Windows 2000 Key Features The key features of the Windows 2000 family of operating system are: Accessing Internet - User can access local, network, intranet or internet resources using the same user interface. Administrative Tools - Microsoft Management Console (MMC) provides a standard management interface. This is customized with tools which are called snap-ins and extensions. Windows 2000 supports:

Windows 2000 Key Features

The key features of the Windows 2000 family of operating system are:

Accessing Internet - User can access local, network, intranet or internet resources using the same user interface.

Administrative Tools - Microsoft Management Console (MMC) provides a standard management interface. This is customized with tools which are called snap-ins and extensions.  Windows 2000 supports:

• Power Management

• USB Support

• Plug and Play

• A consistent Driver Model.

Multi-processing - Windows 2000 supports multiple processors. Such a support enhances performance on systems supporting processor intensive tasks.

Supporting File System - Windows 2000 supports the following file systems:

• FAT16: It tracks the location of files on a disk using file allocation table and, directory-entry table and supports maximum up to 2.4 GB partition size.

• FAT32: It has disk partitions as large as 2 TB and is supported by Windows 95 (final release) and Windows 98.

• IMTFS: It provides file and folder level security and, local file system security. NTFS compresses the file to create more storage space. It allows controlled disk usage on per-user basis and transparently encrypts file data.

• CDFS: Short form for CD-ROM File System, this is the for CD-ROM players. CDFS is a program that runs in protected mode.

Backup Options - The backup program interface is improved. It is enhanced to support new media other than tape.

New security features - The features that make Windows 2000 a very secure operating system are:

• Smart Card authentication support: Size of a credit card, this card stores a user's public key, private key, and certificate. These cards are a secure way to protect and control a user's keys, instead of storing them on a computer.

• Kerberos for network authentication: It is the primary security protocol that allows users to use a single logon to access all resources. The protocol verifies both the identity of the user and the integrity of the session data.

• File encryption and certificate services: These services are particularly useful for securing data on computers that may be vulnerable to theft, such as mobile computers.

Task Scheduler - This program schedules tasks or programs to run at given times. You can schedule maintenance tasks for off-peak times.

Mobile users support - To enable easy configuration of Windows 2000 remote access, Routing and Remote Access features have been improved. Mobile user support is provided for various internet access protocols like, ICS and NAT. Support is provided with a wizard driven setup program, which will provide support for VPN and direct dial access.

Support for Internet Printing - Users can use a URL to connect to printers, which are attached to servers locally or on the internet. This provides an easier way to connect and use remote printers.

Enhanced Color Printing - Image Color Management (ICM) provides color matching, to ensure that the print output is as close as possible to the screen display.

 

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