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Chapter 15. Overview of Windows XP Networking > The Many Faces of Windows XP

The Many Faces of Windows XP

Now you know what the basics of what makes a network work. I've described how a network is composed of layers of software and hardware whose purpose is to let high-level client and server software provide useful services to you and the operating system. Security is a major concern in networks: after all, we can't have the mailroom staff looking up the executives' salaries.

The Windows approach to network security varies, depending on the type of network community to which it's connected. The following sections describe what these different network types are and how Windows XP changes with each one.


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