Understanding Dedicated Servers and Peers

Understanding Dedicated Servers and Peers

In Some networks, a server computer is a server computer and nothing else, dedicated solely to the task of managing shared resources such as disk storage and printers. Such as Server is a "dedicated" server because it can perform no other tasks than a network services. A network relies on dedicated servers is sometimes called a client/servers network.

Other networks take an alternative approach, enabling any computer on the network to function as both a client and a server. Thus, any computer can share its printer and hard drives with other computers on the network. And while a computer is working as a server, you can still use that same computer for other functions such as word processing. This type of network is a peer-to-peer network - computers are thought of as peers, or equals.

While you're walking the dog tomorrow morning, ponder these points concerning the difference between dedicated server networks and peer-to-peer networks:

  • Peer-to-peer networking has been built in  to all versions of windows since Windows 95. Thus, you don't have to buy any additional software to turn your computer into a server. All you have to do is enable the windows server features.
  • The network server features built in to desktop versions of windows (including Windows 10,8.1,8,7, vista, and XP) aren't very efficient because these versions of windows weren't designed primarily to be net-work servers.If you're going to dedicate a computer to the task a full-time server , use a full-fledged server system, such as Windows Server 2016 or 2012.

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