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Chapter 20. 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 some network managers do use them for maintenance and monitoring. This chapter covers internetworking and these more obscure parts of the Windows network puzzle.

On a real-life LAN with multiple operating systems, it's not enough that computers be able to coexist on the same network cable. Interoperation, or internetworking, is necessary so that users of these various systems can share files and printers. At best, this sharing can occur without anyone even knowing that alternate platforms are involved. Achieving this kind of seamlessness can range from effortless to excruciating.


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