Identify the basic capabilities of client workstations (i.e., client connectivity, local security mechanisms, and authentication).
Whereas a network operating system works behind the scenes, providing the services that make the network function, the workstation operating systems act as the window to the network. For that reason, network administrators must be aware of the operating systems that grace the front end of the network.
As stated previously, Microsoft's Windows products dominate the desktop operating systems market. The other operating systems discussed in this chapter hold single-figure percentages of the market share. However, these other systems are readily available, and their numbers are growing.