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Networking All-in-One For Dummies by Doug Lowe

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Chapter 4

Setting Up a Server

In This Chapter

arrow Thinking about the different ways to install a server operating system

arrow Getting ready for the installation

arrow Installing a server operating system

arrow Figuring out what to do after you install the server operating system

After you’ve installed the network cables and other devices, such as hubs and switches, the next step in building a network is usually setting up a server. After you physically connect the server computer to the network, you can install the server operating system (NOS) on the server. Then, you can configure it to provide the network services that you expect and need from the server.

The Many Ways to Install a Server Operating System

Regardless of which server OS you choose to use for your network servers, you can use any of several common ways to actually install the server OS software on the server computer. The following sections describe these alternatives.

Full install versus upgrade

One of the basic server OS installation choices is whether you want to perform a full installation or an upgrade installation. In some ...

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