Ed, I'm taking a computer networking course at my local community college. I'm finishing up my first year this May. The first year takes you up to A+ certification, which I have. Next year, we start networking. Our first class next semester will be a class to prepare us to become Network Plus certified.
My instructor has given me a copy of Windows 2000 Server. I have two PCs at home, connected together via a Linksys router. What I would like to do is set up one of the PCs to run as a Windows 2000 Server, the other is running Windows 2000 Pro.
I have got as far as installing the server on one of my PCs, but I'm not sure how I should set this server up for purposes of training for my Network Plus certification over the summer.
Should I install Active Directory or not? If I don't install Active Directory, will I have all the capabilities I need to learn how to set up and maintain a server? Can I set up a Windows 2000 Server as a domain that I can log on to without making it a domain controller and using Active Directory?
This was first published in April 2002