Microsoft Prepping Client Extensions For Windows 2000 - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Microsoft Prepping Client Extensions For Windows 2000

Companies upgrading to Windows 2000 Server while retaining earlier versions of Windows on desktop PCs can expect some help from Microsoft via a set of client extensions due next year.

Microsoft said today it will ship extensions that let systems running Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0 Workstation take advantage of several features in Windows 2000 Server's directory service, the Active Directory. The Windows 95 and 98 code will ship on Windows 2000 CD-ROMs, due Feb. 17, and the extensions for NT Workstation will arrive in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 7, due in the middle of next year. Features enabled by the extensions include the ability to search for user profiles, printers, and other objects via the Active Directory; reduced network traffic by the ability to log on to the nearest domain controller server; and access to fault-tolerant and load-balanced file shares in Windows 2000's distributed file system.

"Hopefully, this means customers will be able to incrementally deploy Windows 2000 on the server and upgrade the client when it makes sense to do so," says Mark Hassall, a Windows 2000 product manager. Companies have large investments in Windows 95, and to a lesser extent, 98 and NT 4.0 on the desktop; Microsoft says many will want to upgrade those to take advantage of manageability improvements in Windows 2000 Professional.

What the client extensions don't support is Windows 2000's group policy features and Intellimirror technology, which lets IT managers quickly set up machines according to predefined templates and allows users to access their desktop and applications from any machine on the network.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
Commentary
Gartner Forecast Sees 7.3% Shrinkage in IT Spending for 2020
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  7/15/2020
Slideshows
10 Ways AI Is Transforming Enterprise Software
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  7/13/2020
Commentary
IT Career Paths You May Not Have Considered
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/30/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Special Report: Why Performance Testing is Crucial Today
This special report will help enterprises determine what they should expect from performance testing solutions and how to put them to work most efficiently. Get it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll