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Networking The Complete Reference, Third Edition by Bobbi Sandberg

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CHAPTER

8 Server Technologies

All of the computers on a local area network contain roughly the same components, such as a microprocessor, memory modules, mass storage devices, keyboards, video adapters, and other input/output mechanisms. However, you can still divide the computers into two basic categories: servers and client workstations. At one time, it was easy to differentiate between servers and clients because servers functioned only as servers and clients only as clients. Servers in earlier days were essentially computers with more of everything: faster processors, more memory, and larger hard drives, for example. Now that many computers can function as both servers and clients simultaneously, the boundary between the server and client ...

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