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Network Operating Systems and Clients

Network operating systems represent some of the most powerful and complex software available today. As a network administrator, it is your responsibility to maintain and manage these operating systems and ensure they consistently provide the network services they were designed to. Even though the Network does not require that you be an expert in the operating systems discussed in this tutorial, a basic knowledge of each is required.

In addition to working with network operating systems, network administrators are also called upon to manage the other side of the OS equation, client operating systems. This tutorial outlines the characteristics of the client operating systems that are most commonly used today and discusses how these are used with the network operating systems.

The information described in this tutorial is not intended to provide a complete tutorial in any of the operating systems discussed. Rather, this tutorial provides an overview of each operating system, highlighting the areas you can expect to know for the Network.

In this tutorial:

  1. Network operating systems
  2. Windows NT 4
  3. Domains and workgroups
  4. Windows NT 4 authentication
  5. Windows NT 4 file and print services
  6. Windows NT 4 application support
  7. Windows NT 4 security
  8. Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000 file system security
  9. Windows 2000
  10. Windows 2000 Active Directory and domains
  11. Windows 2000 authentication
  12. Windows 2000 file and print services
  13. Windows 2000 application support
  14. Novell NetWare
  15. NDS (Novell Directory Services)
  16. NetWare authentication
  17. NetWare file and print services
  18. NetWare application support
  19. NetWare security
  20. Linux
  21. Linux file and print services
  22. Linux application support
  23. Linux security
  24. Operating system interoperability
  25. Using Windows with NetWare
  26. Using Windows and Linux servers
  27. Using NetWare and Linux servers
  28. Operating system client support
  29. NetWare server client support
  30. Linux server client support
  31. Client operating systems
  32. Local security mechanisms for Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me
  33. Windows NT Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP Professional
  34. Client connectivity for Windows NT Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP Professional
  35. Applications for Linux
  36. Local security mechanisms for Linux
  37. Macintosh
  38. Application support for Macintosh
  39. Selecting a NIC and network configuration settings
  40. Connecting the PC to the network
  41. Testing and troubleshooting the NIC
  42. Configuring the NIC settings
  43. Configuring client systems for TCP/IP
  44. Configuring DNS server information
  45. Configuring WINS server information
  46. Using DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol)
  47. Configuring clients to access servers
  48. Client software for Microsoft networks on Windows 95/98/Me
  49. Novell client software
  50. Unix/Linux client software