Helpful Features in Windows 2000 (Part Two)

Helpful Features in Windows 2000 (Part Two)

August 1, 2000

Christopher Rice

      Well, here you go, the second part of my series.  If you did not see the first, this is where I am going to touch on different features of Windows 2000 that I feel are going to be helpful to the average user.


   3.  Encryption and Decryption of files - This feature is best for users who are working with data that they don't want anyone to view.  If, for instance, you work in an environment that forces you to share a PC with one or more workers, possibly a 24 hour support role, this would be helpful to keep your documents secure. 

   If you want to enable this feature, go to the file or folder that you want to keep secure and right click.  Go into the Properties dialog and select Advanced.  Under Compression or Encryption Attributes, Select the Encrypt Contents to Secure Data check box.  This will put encryption on whatever file or folder that you have selected. 

   Keep in mind that users who log into your machine will not be able to view this file, but will have the ability to delete it.  If you need to have this file totally secure I would recommend making a copy of it somewhere (network, floppies, etc.).


   4.  The RunAs Service - The RunAs service is one of the best features of Windows 2000 for administrators.  How many times have you gone to someone's machine who is not a local admin and had to sit there awkwardly while the machine logs them off and you on.  This service offers you a solution.  You will now have the ability to run applications using the administration rights that you have without having to log off and back on. 

   If you would like to enable this service for testing, here is how:

   Go to your Control Panel, and then to your Administrative Tools icon.   Check the Services icon to see if the RunAs is enabled and then check that the account that you want to use is entered.  When you want to run a program in another users context, right click on the application executable and click Run, when the dialog box comes up, enter the password for the appropriate account.


   Let me know if you have any other features that are helping you, as an administrator, out and I will publish them.