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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge -- 1/20/00

By ebott ·
Do you know how to keep from falling into three common Setup traps? I?m looking for the correct solution to these three problems:
1. You want your users to set strong passwords that can?t be cracked through dictionary attacks. What?s the undocumented command-line option that lets you automatically assign a strong password to a given user account?
2. Inaccurate time settings can wreak havoc on a network. What?s the best way to guarantee that all Windows 2000 PCs on a domain are set to the correct time?
3. How big is Windows 2000?s default swapfile? How do you change its size?

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by freddy In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

#3. If total physical RAM is less than 2 GB, the paging file is set to 1.5 times the amount of RAM. If total physical RAM is more than 2 GB, the default size is set to 2 GB.
To change: right-click on My Computer->Properties->Advanced tab->Performance Options than clich Change... on Virtual memory

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by scubajeff2 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

#1 Here's the long way- You should setup a group policy object- GPO using the group policy editor mmc. Link the policy to the domain you are targeting. Specifically, Active Directory(if you arent using it shame on you) right clikc on the Active Directoyr users and Comp MMC go to properties, group policy, default domain GPO link, edit. you are looking ofr GPO Policy\Comp Config\Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy, double click the passwords must meet complexity req. blah, blah change the setting to enabled to activate strong passwords. If you found a command line option I'll buy another two years' subscription!

#2 use Nettime /GaTech's server-(my almamater) 130.207.244.240, set your servers first, then use your own server once set.

#3 1.5 size of phys ram- be aware you can overcome the 4 gig limit on a volume by using a reg hack to set named directories as volumes.ControlPanel\System\Advanced\Performance Options\Virtual Memory to change it.

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by bmorin In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

1. Passprop /complex (installed from Reskit)
2. specify an NTP server in DHCP or run Net time in a logon script
3. 1.5 X physical ram

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by mrooney In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

#2 set all PC's to GMT

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by roger In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

#2 Use Atomic Time
#31.5x Ram. Right click My Computer,Properties,Performance,Virtual Memory,Let me set my own virtual memory settings.

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