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Linux and Windows Interoperability: Planning and Deploying a Network

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Learn how the unified services of Windows 2000 and Linux support a variety of networking services. Design, set up, and deploy a successful network for the fictitious company Elsolutions.
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Topics in This Chapter

  • The Firm
  • Basic Networking
  • Common Networking Services

This chapter introduces you to Elsolutions, a small software engineering business, and describes its information technology (IT) needs. We discuss basic networking concepts and connecting to the Internet. We also discuss many of the networking services that are available and list the services to be used by Elsolutions.

A Word about Windows

Windows XP is the latest release of Windows. There are two models: Windows XP Personal and Windows XP Professional. Windows XP Personal is intended for the home market and completely replaces Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME. Windows XP Professional is the successor to Windows 2000 Professional and is intended for the business market desktop. The Microsoft servers will be released in 2002 under a different name for the operating system, Windows.NET (Windows.NET Server, Windows.NET Advanced Server, and Windows.NET Datacenter).

With all of this Windows history in mind, we will use the following nomenclature to avoid confusion. We will use the generic but capitalized term Windows when referring to all models, which include Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows.NET. For our purposes, it does not include Windows NT 4.0. We will mention the specific models when there are differences and describe the differences by model.

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