Windows XP management tutorial

In this Windows XP management tutorial, get helpful tips on improving XP security, performance and general management best practices.

Windows XP is one of Microsoft's most popular and successful operating systems to date. The Windows XP IT Knowledge Exchange tutorial is designed to assist network admins as they attempt to improve security, performance and management in their XP environments. In this tutorial, learn about password security in Windows XP, how to manage user rights, how to select and manage a network firewall and how to install XP on Vista-ready mac...

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Windows XP management tutorial
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  ↓ Windows XP security Table of Contents   

Windows XP passwords
Password security in any Windows operating system has a history of being tricky. Windows XP is no different.

Activating the Windows Firewall
The Windows Firewall is a strong security tool. But as with any security measure, it can have adverse effects on the user experience.

Which firewall should you choose?
If the Windows Firewall isn't right for your organization, which firewall should you use? There are several solid third-party firewall options out there if you know what you're looking for.

Turning off the firewall
Of course, there are times when you might want to turn off a firewall as well. But how safe is your network if all firewall security is disabled completely?

  ↓ User rights in Windows XP Table of Contents   

Create a batch file that creates users and groups
Learn how to set up a batch file designed to help you manage users and groups.

How to deny delete permissions in Windows XP
Learn how to prevent users from deleting files without denying them the ability to save files.

Prevent users from deleting and renaming folders
Most network admins have dealt with users who are trying to do things they shouldn't be doing. Deleting and renaming folders is one of the most common of these types of issues.

Workaround for giving away admin rights
Sometimes, it seems that the only way to fix a problem is to, at least temporarily, give away admin rights to a user. But is this really the only option?

Remote VPN access
With much of the work force being mobile these days, being able to remotely access a VPN is important.

Linking machines across an XP domain controller
Learn how to allow different users on different workstations to log into your Windows XP domain.

Deny users remote access
Sometimes, it's necessary to protect your data from taking data off of your machines and your Windows XP network. Did you know that this is possible even if the user has admin rights and physical access to a machine?

Adding XP clients to the server
Is it possible to put raw Windows XP machines into a Windows Server 2003 environment?

  ↓ Windows XP performance Table of Contents   

How to run Remote Desktop access in Windows XP SP3
Sometimes, things don't go according to plan when upgrading from one service pack to the next. Find out what to do when things go wrong when migrating to Windows XP SP3.

Unavailable XP workstations in a Citrix farm
Is it by design that our Windows XP database lives on only one node in the Citrix farm? Is there a way to distribute or replicate this management database so that if one node in the farm fails, we do not lose our management console?

Baselining Windows XP
Compare and contrast your own Windows XP deployment plan with others who have successful launched Windows XP networks.

Manage Virtual Memory size on Windows XP machines
What's the best way to handle a slow Windows XP network? Should you delete temporary files and set virtual memory? Should you disable certain programs from startup?

Office applications working slowly
What about slow Office applications? What's the best way to handle a Windows XP environment where important MS Office apps like Excel and Word do not operate properly?

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This was first published in November 2008

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