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Server+ Certification Training Guide by Server+ Certified Technician Elton Jernigan

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Network Types

  • 0.1 Identify the two types of networks

    • Peer-to-peer network

    • Server-centric network

Networks are of two types: peer-to-peer and server-centric (server-based), which also is sometimes called a client/server network.

Peer-to-Peer Networks

A peer-to-peer network allows each computer to access the resources of all the other computers on the network, while at the same time allowing all the computers on the network to access its resources. In the technical sense, all computers on a peer-to-peer network act as both clients (accessing resources from other computers) and servers (allowing other computers to access their resources). However, peer-to-peer networks function well only when the networks are relatively small (fewer than 20 computers). ...

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