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Currently, there are three different
models for communication between file servers and clients. Keep in
mind this viewpoint has nothing (much) to do with the transport protocol,
but is concerned with the access of resources on the network. They
- Network File System (NFS): The default
choice for UNIX/LINUX.
- Netware Core Protocols (NCP): The default
choice for Novell through Netware 4.x
- Server Message Block (SMB): The default
choice for NT/Windows.
Informed and Armed
A+ (like even many Microsoft tests) does not require knowing NCP/SMB/NFS. This data is presented so that you can quickly understand there are three different styles of communication between a file server and client PCs, making it clear that you must install the correct client software for the type of server you are attempting to communicate with.
In Windows 2000, Microsoft provides
only 2 clients: Client for Microsoft Networks, which allows you
to log into Windows domains and is installed by default, and Client
Services for Netware, which allows you to access resources on Novell
servers. You may install the Client Services for Netware client by
clicking the Install button in the properties of a network connection,
selecting Clients and clicking Add.