Chapter 2. Small Office Networking

Chapter 1, “No-Frills Samba Servers” focused on the basics of simple yet effective network solutions. Network administrators who take pride in their work (that’s most of us, right?) take care to deliver what our users want, but not too much more. If we make things too complex, we confound our users and increase costs of network ownership. A professional network manager avoids the temptation to put too much pizazz into the way that the network operates. Some creativity is helpful, but keep it under control — good advice that the following two scenarios illustrate.

In one case the network administrator of a mid-sized company spent three months building a new network to replace an old Netware server. What he delivered ...

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