Accessing Windows 2000 Server Help remotely

This topic explains how to view Help for Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2000 Advanced Server from a location other than a local server.

The Windows 2000 Server Help files are typically located in C:\Winnt\Help or C:\Windows\Help. These files are interconnected to form an integrated Help system, and they contain shortcuts that open various administrative tools. The Help files use approximately 30 megabytes (MB) of disk space.

You can access Windows 2000 Server Help in several ways. Because each method has its own advantages, use the method that best fits your particular situation or best complies with the administrative policy for your organization.

Allow read-only access to the Help folder on the server. If you grant Read permission for the Help folder on a server computer, authorized users or groups can access server Help. The Help shortcuts that open administrative tools will function, provided the user has the proper permissions. However, granting even read-only access to server resources may constitute a security risk. To start Windows 2000 Server Help in a shared Help folder, double-click Windows.chm or create a shortcut to that file.

Copy all Help files to a shared folder on your network. You can copy all files in the Help folder to another computer on your network. Then grant the Read permission for the shared folder to authorized users or groups. The Help shortcuts that open administrative tools will not function. To start Windows 2000 Server Help in a shared folder, double-click Windows.chm or create a shortcut to that file.

Copy all Help files to your local computer. You can copy all files in the Help folder to your local computer Be sure, however, to copy the files to a location other than the local Windows\Help folder (or the winnt\Help folder if you upgraded to Windows XP from a previous version of Windows) so that you do not overwrite the Help files on your computer. Note that if you copy the server Help files to your local Windows\Help folder, you may not be able to access some topics from Help and Support Center. Also note that the Help shortcuts that open administrative tools will not function from the copied Help files. To start server Help in a folder on your local computer, double-click Windows.chm or create a shortcut to that file.

Print Help topics from a server. You can print some, or all, topics listed in the table of contents for Windows 2000 Server Help. To do so, on the Contents tab, right-click a topic and then click Print. To print just the content that appears in the topic pane, click Print the selected topic. To print all content associated with a particular heading (book) in the table of contents, click Print the selected heading and all subtopics. Before printing all subtopics, you should view the subtopics to get an estimate of the size of the print job.

View the Help files on the Microsoft Web site. You can view the latest Help for Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server on the Windows Home Pages Web site. For Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server, see the Microsoft Web site.

Note

When copying files from the Help folder, be sure to copy all files (including any hidden files) in the folder, otherwise the Help system may not function correctly.



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