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Chapter 35. Connecting to an Existing Ne... > Logging On to a Windows NT Network

Logging On to a Windows NT Network

Windows NT, both Workstation and Server versions, is a more robust network server platform than Windows 98. With Windows NT Server especially, the platform has been designed from the ground up to be a network provider. Windows NT has several advantages over Windows 98 that make the former a better solution for file and print sharing:

  • Full 32-bit Protected mode operating system—This feature increases performance and reliability.

  • Integrated security account database—Users and groups are created and maintained on the Windows NT machine itself. Having an integrated security account database eliminates the need to rely on an external security provider.

  • Capability to share an account database—Windows NT Servers can be placed in a common administrative and logical unit called a domain. Installing Windows NT Servers as domain controllers in a particular domain allows the security account database to be replicated to all other domain controllers in the same domain so they all have the capability to validate user account logons for that domain.

  • Support for folder- and file-based security—With the use of a file system called NT File System (NTFS) on the Windows NT machine, user and group security can be assigned to individual folders and files for local and remote security, in addition to share-level security.


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