Tech Tip: Use the Indexing Service/Integrate servers with UNIX

Windows 2000 Professional: Use the Indexing Service

Windows 2000 Professional's Indexing Service can index documents on the local system to help you locate a specific document based on a variety of criteria, including content. The Indexing Service can also index documents on remote computers.

Although people typically use the Indexing Service on servers to support Web-based queries, you can also use it on workstations to support searches for documents. Go to Start | Search to search documents indexed by the Indexing Service.

By default, the Indexing Service creates a System catalog with a handful of directory entries to specify which folders to index. You can view and manage these in the Computer Management console. To view the existing directories, navigate to the Services and Applications\Indexing Service\System\Directories branch.

To streamline performance, you can modify the entries in the System catalog to remove or add directories from indexing. To remove a directory, right-click the directory in the right pane, and choose Delete.

To add a directory, right-click the Directories branch, choose New | Directory, and enter the directory path in the Path field. If others will be querying the directory across the network, enter the UNC path to the directory in the Alias field, choose Yes, and click OK.

After you finish adding and removing directories from the System catalog, open the Services console, and restart the Indexing Service. To force a rescan by the Indexing Service of a directory, open the Indexing Service branch of the Computer Management console, right-click the directory, and choose All Tasks | Rescan (Full).

Windows 2000 Server: Integrate servers with UNIX

As more companies turn to Linux and UNIX solutions in addition to Windows, integration between these platforms becomes increasingly important. One tool that Windows admins can turn to is Microsoft's Services For UNIX (SFU).

SFU provides a range of features to enable integration between Windows and UNIX platforms. For example, SFU includes client, server, and gateway components to support Network File System (NFS) file sharing between Windows and UNIX platforms.

SFU also includes a Server For NIS component that enables a Windows 2000 Server to act as a Network Information Service (NIS) master for multiple NIS domains. The Server For NIS component enables administrators to manage Windows and NIS domains from a single point and with a common set of tools.

Another useful tool in SFU is Password Synchronization, which synchronizes passwords between Windows and UNIX. Changes to Windows passwords can be synchronized automatically to corresponding target UNIX systems, simplifying administration.

SFU includes several other components, including the User Name Mapping service, Cron and Remote Shell services, ActiveState Perl, and the Interix multiuser UNIX environment that runs under Windows and enables UNIX applications and commands to run on a Windows platform.

If you're looking for tools to help integrate your Windows servers with UNIX systems, check out the Windows Services For Unix Web page.

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