User Profiles

Windows 2000 still also allows you to set up a logon script, which will execute when a user logs on. This can be used to do things such as map a network drive, map to printers, and so forth. Logon script properties are set on the properties of a user account.

Note that you need only provide the name of the script. The script itself should be stored in the Sysvol\domain\scripts folder on a domain controller. As in NT 4.0, you can also provide a home directory location, which can be either on the local machine or the network.Multiple Language and Location SupportWindows 2000 is capable of supporting many different languages, and includes support for different locations. Language properties are set using General tab of the Regional Options applet in Control Panel.

Do not confuse Language settings with Locale settings (which will be discussed in a moment). Additional languages allow you to read and write documents in multiple languages. They do not change the interface language of the OS. Note that only an Administrator can install additional languages, and a reboot is required. Languages are different than Locales, which allow you to control settings about a language. This includes properties such as currency symbols, format of dates, numbers, and so forth. The two types of locales are user locales and input locales. User locales maintain settings on a per-user basis, such as currency symbols, date formats, etc. Input locales control the keyboard layout, and allow you to switch between layouts on the fly, via an icon in the system tray. The input locales available will depend upon the languages that have been installed.

Just to confuse things, Windows 2000 is also available in a Multilanguage version, or a version that allows you to change the interface language from one language to another. For example, if you were supporting users who speak Spanish, they would be using the Spanish interface, but for support purposes, you could change the interface language to English. Each user’s profile would store their interface language preference.

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