Networking Basics - In other words...
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In other words, if user A has an A and C drive on his computer, and user B configures his entire C drive as sharable, user A will suddenly have an A, C, and D drive (user A's D drive is actually user B's C drive). Directories work in a similar fashion. If user A has an A & C drive, and user B configures his "C:WINDOWS" and "C:DOS" directories as sharable, user A may suddenly have an A, C, D, and E drive (user A's D is user B's C:WINDOWS, and E is user B's C:DOS). Did you get all of that?
Because drives can be easily shared between peer-to-peer PCs, applications only need to be installed on one computer--not two or three. If users have one copy of Microsoft Word, for example, it can be installed on user A's computer--and still used by user B.
The advantages of peer-to-peer over client-server NOSs include: � No need for a network administrator � Network is fast/inexpensive to setup & maintain � Each PC can make backup copies of its data to other PCs for security. By far the easiest type of network to build, peer-to-peer is perfect for both home and office use.
In a client-server environment like Windows NT or Novell NetWare, files are stored on a centralized, high speed file server PC that is made available to client PCs. Network access speeds are usually faster than those found on peer-to-peer networks, which is reasonable given the vast numbers of clients that this architecture can support.
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