Network Operating System

A network operating system does everything a stand alone operating system does, and more in a much more complex environment. In addition to the usual lower level computing tasks, a network operating system is responsible for all the following tasks:

  • Directing data traffic through the network
  • Allowing and preventing access to data based on security requirements
  • Preventing access to data files while they are being processed
  • Managing the flow of information between a variety of workstations
  • Managing requests for printer services
  • Managing communication and messages between network users
  • Managing connections between the network and remote sites
  • Make services as transparent as possible to the user