Chapter 5

Servers and Virtualization


Bullet Learning what network operating systems do

Bullet Examining what makes a good server

Bullet Looking at the different packaging options for servers

Bullet Taking a quick look at virtualization

Servers are the lifeblood of any network. They provide the shared resources that network users crave, such as file storage, databases, email, web services, and so on. Choosing which servers your network needs and selecting the type of equipment you use to implement your servers are among the key decisions you’ll make when you set up a network.

In this chapter, I take a quick look at what is important in a server. First, I cover the basic functions of a server operating system. Then I survey the various types of servers most networks need. Then I turn my attention to important matters to consider when selecting the kind of hardware a server should run on. And finally, I look quickly at the idea of virtualizing your entire server environment.

Understanding Network Operating Systems

The server operating system is what enables your server computers to function as ...

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