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Deborah Timmons is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. She came into the Microsoft technical field after six years in the adaptive technology field, providing technology and training for persons with disabilities. She is the President and co-owner of Integrator Systems Inc.

Patrick Timmons is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer + Internet. He has been working in the IT industry for approximately 15 years, specializing in network engineering, and has recently completed his Bachelor of Science degree, with a Major in Computer Science. Patrick is the CEO of Integrator Systems Inc., a company based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.Patrick and Deborah have four children--Lauren, Alexander, James and Katherine who take up a lot of their rare spare time.Integrator Systems Inc. designs and implements network solutions based on Microsoft and 3Com technology, produces custom applications based on customer needs, provides local and remote network troubleshooting and support, and provides courseware, training, and consultants to various horizontal and vertical markets. Integrator Systems is a Microsoft Certified Partner and 3Com Focus Partner. 

Security, Security, Security! Is there anything else in this IT industry that people want and never seem to have enough of? The damage that can be done by a breach in security can bring down a network.
Encrypting File System (EFS) is an exciting feature in Microsoft Windows XP. It was first introduced with Windows 2000. EFS adds an extra layer of protection to data in files that are stored on an NTFS disk. It uses symmetric key encryption with public key technology to provide a high level of security for files.
Group policies are normally implemented on a network (domain) level, and can be used to manage everything from users' desktops to IP security.
Resetting a password simply requires you to open the existing user account through the Computer Management console, entering and confirming a new password, and then setting the switch “User must change password at next logon”.
Windows XP includes IPSec (Internet Protocol Security), which is a mechanism to protect communication between systems. Most networks have in place means of preventing attacks from outside the organization, but little protection inside the organization.
Her are top 10 Windows XP User Authentication and Auditing Questions and Answers.
Windows XP has already been industry-proven to be a sturdy and reliable operating system. However, optimizing your system to meet user requirements and network demands will only increase the performance of this hardy operating system.
The Event Log service provides the capabilities for applications and services to log their respective events. These events will be stored in one of three logs: Application, System, and Security.
Monitoring and optimizing Windows XP can be a book all by itself. Please keep in mind while reviewing this section that this will provide you with the basic knowledge to optimize your system. Detailed information can be obtained through the Microsoft Windows XP Resource kit.
There was a running joke among IT Professionals using Windows NT. The solution to every performance problem is “Add RAM”. Just like NT, Windows XP loves RAM. The more RAM available to the system, the less paging (use of virtual memory) has to occur.