In this chapter
Understanding peer-to-peer networks
Working with peer-to-peer network limitations
Understanding server-based networks
Deploying specialized network servers
Understanding network topologies
Assessing your networking needs
In the previous chapter we took a look at the evolution of Microsoft Windows and also introduced other desktop operating systems such as Linux and the Macintosh OS. Now, we can concentrate on two main approaches to networking: peer-to-peer networking and server-based networking. Each of these networking approaches offers advantages and disadvantages.
You will find that deciding on a particular approach to networking will be directly related to the number of users you have ...