NT for Unix People

Accelerated Technical Training


Making the switch? There's lots to learn -- new ways of thinking about data and computing, new ways to get your work done.

This course covers a variety of basic Windows NT tasks that a technical user of the Unix operating system will find useful when transitioning to a Windows NT environment and integrating the two. Brief lectures are accompanied by hands-on exercises. Topics:

  • NT and Unix Comparisons
  • Transitioning to NT
  • Files and Folders
  • Using and Customizing Menus and Icons
  • Security and User Management
  • System Configuration and Monitoring
  • NT and Unix Integration
  • Basic Networking and Troubleshooting


2 days


  • The courseware is available on the web at
  • There is a substantial workbook for this course. It is complete with labs, examples, discussion topics, an extensive bibliography and resource list.


  • Emphasis on practical skills
  • Lots of hands-on
  • Over half the classroom time is spent on labs and exercises.
  • NT's major elements are covered.
  • You practice using each technique and facility presented in the class.


  • This course is for Unix people who are getting started working with Microsoft's Windows NT operating system.
  • Experienced Unix users
  • Engineers
  • Administrators of Unix systems, of networks, of databases
  • Software developers
  • IT and non-IT Unix users
  • Attendees are productive technical people
  • Their goal is to reach the same comfort level and productivity on a new computing platform.
  • This course answers such questions as, "Here's the way I'm used to getting my work done. Now, how do I do the same things in this new environment?" This class speaks to Unix people in their own language.
  • For audiences whose technical experience is on the HP 3000's MPE operating system, extended course materials are available. To support them in their transition from MPE and integration of MPE with NT, these topics are covered:
    • Integrated file systems with Samba
    • Print service on MPE for NT
    • Login access via telnet and WRQ Reflection
    • Security issues
  • Prerequisites

    Check the ones your background satisfies:
    You have experience using Unix.
    You are familiar with networking basics (ftp, telnet, TCP/IP, etc.)
    You have some awareness of system administration issues.
    You know the basics of scripting (DOS, shell, perl, etc.)
    You can edit a text file (with notepad, vi, etc.)
    If you checked 4 or more, you're well-equipped to take this class.


    Chapter 1: Vocabulary

    Chapter 2: Usage Basics and Beyond

    Chapter 3: Essential Concepts

    Chapter 4: System Administration

    Chapter 5: Networking

    Chapter 6: User Management

    Chapter 7: Security

    Chapter 8: Network and Process Administration

    Chapter 9: NT/Unix Integration

    Chapter 10: The Big Picture


      Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
      • Explain major differences between Unix and NT.
      • Transition from Unix on your desktop to NT on your desktop, and get your work done in this new environment.
      • Set up services from either platform to the other, integrating the two environments on a network.
      • Describe the basic differences between IRIX and Windows NT.
      • Boot the system.
      • Log on.
      • Locate and use help information.
      • Customize menus.
      • Create shortcuts.
      • Work from the command line.
      • Create users and groups.
      • Create user profiles.
      • Create files and folders.
      • Control access to files and folders.
      • Browse the network.
      • Share folders.
      • Map drives.
      • Set environment variables.
      • View and change the system configuration.
      • Monitor the system.
      • Perform basic system and network troubleshooting.
      • Prepare for system recovery.
      • Establish mutual access between IRIX and NT files.
      • Set up a print service.
      • Set up a name service for an NT client.
      • Set up an e-mail service.
      • Install the telnet service.
      • Perform batch processing.


      Delivery of this class requires:
      • Classroom
      • A workbook for each student
      • A whiteboard or flipchart
      • An NT-equipped PC for each student
      • An NT-equipped PC for the instructor
      • Student and instructor accounts are members of the administrator group on the NT boxes
      • A data projector for the instructor's computer
      • A web browser on each computer
      • Connection to the Internet
      • A Unix box (needn't be physically present in the classroom)
      • An account for each student on the Unix box
      • All the above computers mutually accessible on a network
      • Windows NT 4.0
      • Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3
      • Windows NT Resource Kit 4.0 with Supplements 1 and 2 (optional)
      • MKS Tool Kit (optional)
      • On the Unix machine: Samba, Sendmail, POP3
      • For MPE audiences wishing to do the extended lab exercises, an MPE server with manager.sys access (or Samba pre-configured) is needed. We don't require exclusive use of this machine, and we don't compromise its security. Please call to plan and implement this at least three weeks before the class.
      • Detailed system configuration instructions are available at http://www.keller.com/nt4unix
      Write to us! webmaster@keller.com
      Updated Wednesday, 31-Oct-2001 13:18:39 MST

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