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Basically, a network operating system is software that controls a network of computer and its message traffic and queues. It controls access by multiple users to network resources such as files and provides for certain administrative functions including security of the system. Network operating systems are not the same as the networking tools provided by some existing operating systems such as Windows XP.
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A network computer operating system is one that has been specifically written to keep networks running at optimal performance. A network operating system is most frequently used with local area networks and wide area networks, but it can also have applications for larger network systems too.
But do you know what a network actually mean, when it’s related to computers? Just a brief clarification on that in our free online computer basics training lesson, a network is a series of multiple computers connected to a central server and is most often used in businesses for the purpose of file sharing.
The network computer operating system is one that includes special functions for connecting computers and various devices into a local area network. Some popular systems for both DOS and Windows systems include Novell Netware, Windows NT and 2000, Sun Solaris, and IBM OS/2.
- A network OS has many features that are essential to file sharing. They include:
- Providing name and directory services
- Allowing file, print, web services, back-up and replication services
- Support for inter-networking such as routing and WAN ports
- Providing basic computer operating system features like support for processors, protocols, automatic hardware detection and support for multi-processing of applications
- Security features such as authentication, authorization, log-on restrictions and access control
- Clustering capabilities, fault tolerant and high availability systems
- Give user management and support tools for log on and log off, remote access, system management, administration, and auditing tools with graphical interfaces
As you may be aware, many network computer operating systems are familiar to individual computer users in that they are often network versions of personal computer OS. When you have a series of computers all hooked together on a single network, the operating system used to control those computers is very important.
All effective network operating systems should have built-in measures of security that keep the computers on the network safe from breach by outsiders and more importantly, online hackers. Monitoring capabilities by a system administrator is also very essential to have in a network PC operating system.
A lot of businesses, both large and small take great pains in choosing the right type of operating system for their network. That’s why choosing a network operating system needs to be everything that the company needs it to be. And on that note, we conclude our free online computer training lesson today. Hope you enjoyed it? If you did, why not sign up right now for your free basic computer training lesson today?
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