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Chapter 7. Network Operating System Overview > Client and NOS Interaction

Client and NOS Interaction

If the NOS makes a computer a server, what makes a computer a network client? For communication to take place between a network client and the network server, client computers must also be outfitted with software that “tunes” them to the network. This software is aptly called network client software.

When a standalone computer accesses a file on the local hard drive or prints to a directly connected local printer, this request for service goes to the computer’s processor. The processor then makes this request a reality and either opens the specified file or sends a print job to the printer. All this activity is managed locally.


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