Software provides the protocol and services layers of the Windows networking model. When talking about software we focus on the services layer more than the software layer. Client PC hosts can be configured with peer-to-peer networking and client server services. Server software implements the services side of client/server software.

Windows software dominates SOHO LANs because basic networking functions are built in. Windows and other LAN servers perform general and specific network functions as determined by the capabilities of the software installed on them. Some Windows servers can be assigned database operation, others network management functions, while still others can act as fax and e-mail servers. Each special server requires ...

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