Graphical Windows 2000 Guide Version 0.6.0 Oct 23, 2001


This guide is best used together with the Complete CTDP Windows 2000 Guides in order to fully understand the operation and use of this operating system. Also, to understand Active Directory, the reader should have some knowledge of object oriented concepts. It should be helpful to read the Object Guide and the UML Guide on this website. RFCs are posted at


This guide covers Windows 2000 server, but much of the information presented here also pertains to Windows 2000 Professional, and some of the other windows 2000 Servers.

There are four Windows 2000 operating systems:

  • Windows 2000 Professional - Supports up to two processors and up to 4GB of RAM. Used as a workstation or client computer and it is the replacement for Windows NT Workstation.
  • Windows 2000 Server - Supports up to four processors and up to 4GB of RAM. It is used for web, application, print and file servers.
  • Windows 2000 Advanced Server - Supports up to eight processors and up to 8GB of RAM. It is used in an enterprise network and very useful as an SQL server.
  • Windows 2000 Datacenter Server - Supports up to 32 processors and up to 64GB of RAM. It is used in an enterprise network to support extremely large databases and real time processing.
SystemMicroprocessorRAMHD Requirements
Windows 2000Pentium 13364Mb650 MB free (2 G recommended)
Windows 2000 ServerPentium 133128Mb (256Mb Recommended)1 GB free (2 G recommended)
Windows 2000 Advanced ServerPentium 133256Mb1 Gb free (2 G recommended)
Windows 2000 Datacenter ServerPentium 133256Mb1 GB free (2 G recommended)

VGA video or better is required for all systems along with a CDROM, and keyboard. Also a mouse, floppy disk drive and network card should be on the system, but are not required.

100MB additional disk space may be required if using a FAT file system and over the network installations also require additional hard disk room.

Setup completion

Once Windows 2000 Server is installed, many of the selected services must be configured to become operational. The following dialog box appears when Windows 2000 Server is booted.

Finish System Setup

The rest of this document will explain how to set these services up, and perform other system configuration tasks.