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Guru's Guide to SQL Server Architecture and Internals, The by Ken Henderson

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Named Pipes

Windows' named pipes technology was originally developed for OS/2 LAN Manager and ported to the first release of Windows NT. You can still see a few vestiges of LAN Manager in Windows networking today (e.g., the LMHOSTS file—“LM” stands for LAN Manager), and named pipes is a technology that has stood the test of time.

Named pipes allows applications to set up reliable, bidirectional communications across a network. It leverages Windows' security facilities, which allows a server to control which clients can access a pipe and what they can do with it.

The named pipe facility is tightly integrated with Windows. Most of the Named Pipes API functions are implemented in Kernel32.dll, the Win32 client-side DLL. ImpersonateNamedPipeClient ...

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