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Chapter 25. Networking Mix and Match > Networking with Other Operating Systems

Networking with Other Operating Systems

In the previous chapters, you learned about basic peer-to-peer and Active Directory networking, but these chapters considered only "vanilla" Windows networks. Real-life networks are seldom so simple. Often these networks have a mix of operating systems, and Windows must get along with them. Also, some optional networking components are not necessary in most environments, but they are used by some network managers for maintenance and monitoring. This chapter covers internetworking and these more obscure parts of the Windows network puzzle.

This point might be shocking, but you must be told: There are people who aren't like us. They use other operating systems. In ancient times, they were thought to be possessed by demons and, more recently, in need of reparative therapy. But times have changed. We now recognize that they can lead perfectly happy, productive lives despite their alternative preferences. The question is, "What happens if you're forced to live or work with them?" Actually, working with them is not only possible, but with enough cross-cultural education, it can be a positive growth experience for all concerned.


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