December 10, 2002
Administering Windows

Windows 2000 machines have several layers of security that older versions of Windows didn't have. For example, when you log into your computer, you see your files. If someone else logs into your computer, they see their files, but not yours. This added security means that you may have to log onto your computer as the local administrator, rather than with your regular Net-ID when you want to install some software, change system settings, add or remove printers, etc.

When your computer is set up (whether you set it up in your office or Extension Information Technology set it up on campus), you'll be asked to set an administrator password (or one will have been set for you). It's important to store your administrator password in a secure location which you can remember. This is a password you will need at some point to perform the items listed above. If your computer was set up on campus, you will receive a 'New Computer Setup' sheet with the machine. Listed on this sheet will be the computer's name and the Administrator password.

If you experience problems, please contact the Extension Information Technology (IT) Support Hotline, (515) 294-1725.

Posted by dcoates at December 10, 2002 01:57 PM