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Chapter 2.4. Configuring Network Components > Configuring Network Services

Configuring Network Services

There are different flavors of Client and Server services available for Windows. If your computer wants to talk to a Microsoft server, you need a Microsoft Client (Workstation service). If your Windows 2000 Server wants to print to a NetWare server's printer, it will have to have a NetWare Workstation service (Gateway and Client services for NetWare).

Microsoft servers speak a different language from NetWare servers. Although they both have TCP/IP installed, they use different core protocols. When a client needs a file from a server, the client has to formulate a core protocol request that the server will understand. Windows 2000 uses SMBs (Server Message Blocks) as its core protocol. So in this example, the client forms an SMB request for a file, packages the SMB request inside of a transport protocol such as IP for delivery across the network, and sends the request out of the appropriate network interface. When the server receives the IP packet, it opens it up, extracts the SMB request and passes it to the server service for fulfillment.


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