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Why Servers Are Different

Servers are like the barn and storehouse mentioned in the example, meaning they are the place where you store tools, applications (in some cases), and data. This isn’t directly applicable for most home users, who probably have at most a small network of workstation systems. If that is you, you might just want to scan through this section for details on additional security you might want to take. However, if you are a small-business owner and have a server to secure or if you have assessed your risk as High, I encourage you to read this section of the book and apply the settings to give yourself stronger security against attackers.

This brings us to the issue of what a server is. A server is in fact a provider of some service, so in the true sense of the word, every system is a server of some sort. However, this book defines a server as a physical system with server versions of software installed on it—in particular, Windows NT or Windows 2000 Server software. Please think of a server system as a physically separated system on the network, running server-specific software.


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