INSY 3303 -- Topic_5 => Sharing Resources on a Network

INSY 3303 -- Topic_5 => Sharing Resources on a...

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Topic #5 – Sharing Resources on a Network Objectives Explain how to use peer-to-peer networking in a home or office Configure Windows XP and UNIX/Linux for peer-to-peer networking Configure user accounts Configure folder and file sharing Configure printer sharing Configure Internet connection sharing Design a peer-to-peer office network to share resources What is Peer to Peer Networking? Workstations sharing resources without a host Including files, folders, software, printers, peripherals Advantages Enable instant productivity in terms of sharing resources Relatively easy to set up Inexpensive to maintain Simple in concept (no need to manage server or host) Disadvantages (tied to lack of centralized control) Scaling (network growth) inhibited Greater potential for security holes Individual users responsible for configuring security Computer Networks & Distributed 
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Peer-to-peer networks effective up to 10 workstations Four specific reasons for declining performance Offers only moderate network security User account information managed on each workstation No centralized storage of data for account management Managing network impeded by lack of software center Controlling computers, network access, fault tolerance Not optimized for multiple user access of one computer Workgroup: set of users who share on MS network Domain: logical group of resources (enables control) Peer to Peer Networking for home use Enhances productivity and enjoyment Enables sharing of printer, Internet connection, files Improves ability to backup files Simplifies sharing pictures Scenario: married attorneys who often work at home Need to frequently print documents, such as briefs Need to access Internet for research Setting up a home peer-to-peer network Purchase wireless switch or router (avoid cables) Network devices equipped with wireless NIC (WNIC) Peer to Peer Networking for an Office Improves productivity in small office (like home) Brief examples of small office implementations
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Five person travel agency Share Internet to research and book reservations Office of two physicians, two nurses, two assistants Networked to track patient data and share laser printers Small office of three hydrologists Share resources to locate and track water resources Simple to configure and maintain Keep the network small (less than 10 computers) Spread resources among nodes to avoid bottlenecks Configuring Window Based Computers for Peer to Peer Networking Elements for peer-to-peer computing Client for Microsoft Networks is installed TCP/IP is installed and configured File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is set up A workgroup is configured Two options for configuring elements Network Setup Wizard Manual configuration Client for Microsoft Windows
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