Most networks today do not use a single network operating system or hardware platform. Indeed, the larger the business entity, the more likely you are to run into a network that includes NetWare, Unix, and Linux servers along with Windows NT and the Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 families, all supporting PCs running every version of Windows from 95 on up.
In the remainder of this chapter, I'll refer to the Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 versions collectively as Windows 200x Server.
Apple Macintosh computers appear in many environments, especially when graphics or multimedia applications are a critical part of the business. In larger enterprises, mainframe computers have ...