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Upgrading and Repairing Servers by Barrie Sosinsky, Mark Edward Soper, Scott Mueller

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Chapter 10 Network Operations

By definition, servers provide network services to other computers. All servers—from small, general-purpose servers such as Windows Small Business Server (SBS) servers, to domain controller (DC) servers, to enterprisewide application servers, such as an Exchange, Oracle, or SQL Server servers—rely heavily on their network I/O subsystem to maintain acceptable performance. Indeed, in the current architecture of the modern computer, network I/O is seen to be a primary performance bottleneck. That's why the network protocols used, how the network interfaces are configured, the hardware employed, and the monitoring software used are of critical concern to any server administrator and to an enterprise IT department's bottom ...

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