Hilltop Lab is where the programs on this web site are tested. It is a Windows network with Active Directory in Native Mode. The lab was originally setup in a small house on the top of a hill in rural Wisconsin - hence the name. Except for the servers, the machines are cast offs that no one else wants.

The lab clients are Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. The servers are Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 R2. This allows me to make sure the programs will work in most environments.

The network has one domain, several nested Organizational Units, many nested groups of all types, user objects scattered all over in Organizational Units and containers, and computer objects for each client machine in various locations in Active Directory. Group Policy is used for clients with Windows 2000 and above. Startup, Shutdown, Logon, and logoff scripts run from Group Policy. Logon scripts are also assigned on the "Profile" tab of user objects. The Startup, Shutdown, Logon, and Logoff scripts log information to a log file on the network.