ARCHIVED: What is a network operating system (NOS)?

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A network operating system (NOS) is an operating system that manages network resources: essentially, an operating system that includes special functions for connecting computers and devices into a local area network (LAN). The NOS manages multiple requests (inputs) concurrently and provides the security necessary in a multiuser environment. It may be a completely self-contained operating system, such as NetWare, Unix, Windows 2000, or Mac OS X, or it may require an existing operating system in order to function (e.g., Windows 3.11 for Workgroups requires DOS; LAN Server requires OS/2; LANtastic requires DOS). In addition to file and print services, a NOS may also offer directory services and a messaging system (email), as well as network management and multiprotocol routing capabilities.

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