Networking in Operating Systems

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Networking in Operating Systems

Week 6 Check Point

Networking in an operating system can be a daunting task is the User doesn’t know what they are doing. There are many advantages to networking. Sharing of data and resources can help to make a company run smoothly and more efficiently. How this happens is the connection of a workstation to a network. While a network is a group of computers attached to a wire, it has become much more complicated. The wire or connection is there for the computer to “talk” to the others. There are several things that must be done in order for this to be accomplished.

To do this, these are key things that need to be completed to enable networking on a workstation:

1) The first item is to ensure that the computer has the proper hardware to connect to a network.

2) Make sure that the hardware is installed, and then it is important to assure that it is functioning properly.

3) Make sure that the operating system supports the network type (domain, P2P)

4) Install drivers for networking hardware if required.

5) Make sure that the workgroup name or domain name match with the rest of the network

6) Ensure that the workstation is setup to accept DHCP if applicable

7) Search network to ensure that resources are found and accessible

There may arise some issues when setting up a computer on a network. One of the most common is the inability to see items on the network. There are a few things that can be done. The first thing is to insure that the workstation is indeed connected to the network. Start with the workstation and check the hardware on the computer. Check and make sure that the IP address is the same range as the rest of the network. Check the domain name or workgroup name to make sure that it is correct. Then check the wire. This is a common issue that can be fixed by simply replacing the Ethernet cable. If it is not the cable, then it may be time to...
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