Chapter 14: Network Operating Systems Overview This chapter introduces the major operating systems to the student. Deep knowledge of each operating system is not required. Instead, the student should have a good grasp of the features and faults of each system so good recommendations can be made to clients. Remind the students that as they enter the business world, it is important that they keep up with new releases of operating systems, especially the new features and benefits. Teaching Suggestions An instructor or teacher could spend half the semester on this chapter. Each operating system is interesting in itself. The students will most likely show great interest if the operating system is available to demonstrate or to manipulate. I keep discussion of each system on the broad but shallow side. Encourage interested students to read more if they have the time. If hardware and software permit, I set up a box with UNIX, a version of NetWare later than 4.1, Windows NT and/or Windows 2000, and Macintosh. If students can “play” with the operating system, all the better. To create a great lab setting, allow the students to set up several computers with one or two of the operating systems. For instance, you might have half the class install Windows 2000 and half the class install NetWare 5.1. If time permits, demonstrate how the GSNW service allows access to NetWare resources. Help them to configure TCP/IP on both operating systems. Another good lab concerns the access to resources. If you have the spare computers, set up one or two workstations. Set permissions/rights on the Windows and NetWare servers in a demonstration. Then allow the workstation users to use the resources. Change the permissions to demonstrate to what limitations the workstation users can be restricted. I usually build a Windows NT or Windows 2000 server right in class, followed by a NetWare server. The installation processes are very different, and this gives the students a true comparison of the two systems. Hardware and Software Requirements This chapter cannot be taught without operating system demonstrations. Therefore, at least one computer with 256MB RAM, 10GB of free disk space, and at least a Pentium III processor is recommended. You will also need the network operating system (s) source files for installation.