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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Networking, Fourth Edition by Joe Habraken

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Chapter 7. Network Operating System Overview

In this chapter

  • Introducing network operating systems

  • Choosing a network operating system

  • Understanding how client computers communicate with the server

  • Matching client and server LAN protocols

  • Understanding client and server licensing

  • Sharing volumes and folders

  • Providing printing on the network

This chapter provides an overview of the network operating system or NOS. The NOS runs on a network server and as you know from Chapter 2 (“Different Needs, Different Networks”), server-based networking provides centralized control of networking resources, such as files and printers. User access to the network is also centrally controlled on server-based networks.

It is actually the network operating system running ...

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