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Peer to peer misunderstood

By antoine ·
There is agreat deal of misunderstanding of peer to peer networking in the the so called networking community. Your article about this subject adds even more confusion.
Peer to peer networking was one of the first network architecture to be used inthe market. It started around the mid eighties and one of its pioneers was Fox Research who became 10Net later.
There are two main networking architectures in the market today: Client-Server ( Netware ), peer-to-peer (Win9x/Me, NT/Win2k, Lantastic ). Therefore, peer-to-peer networking can support more than 10 stations with a network OS like NT and Win2000.

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by gherkin In reply to Peer to peer misunderstoo ...

Peer-to-peer suggests that each node has both client and server capabilities. This is not the case in most NT/WIn2K installations. Although MS OSs have the ability to do this, it is often used in a client-server architechure.

Besides, why would you ever have a NT/Win2K Peer-to-Peer LAN of over 10 nodes? When the network grows to that size, a PDC is established and it ceases to be Peer-to-peer. It is considered a Cliet-server at that point. Having important files strewn across multiple client PCs which may be turned off at any time is not feasible.

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