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Chapter 36. Setting Up a Simple Windows ... > How Server-Based Networks Work

How Server-Based Networks Work

You can change a peer-to-peer network to a server-based network by adding a computer running the Windows NT Server operating system or a NetWare server. The basic requirements for a server-based network are

  • A centralized user database, which is used to verify that the user requesting access is authorized for the level of access requested.

  • Centralized repository of information. Files can be stored on one or more file servers and can be accessed by all the users on the network. This system allows for easier access to saved documents. It also makes creating backups easier because only one computer, rather than each computer in your network, needs to be backed up.

  • Centralized control of resources allows the administrator to designate which users have access to stored documents and shared peripherals. It also allows for easier configuration of these resources.


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