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Novell's vision of One Net is a world in which all types of networks work together to simplify the complexities of modern business and provide the power and flexibility needed to succeed in the economy of the 21st century.
The one thing you don't have the luxury of doing in today's Net world is dictate the software, hardware, and architecture across the entire reach of your network. By definition, One Net integrates myriad technologies, platforms, and architectures in such a way that the underlying complexity is masked from the user . Users see what they need (and nothing more), when they need it, from any Net connection anywhere in the world!
The three chapters in Part I of this book introduced NetWare 6.5, the various Novell clients, and the suite of management tools that let you keep everything running smoothly. From an administrator's perspective, it is easy to see how NetWare 6.5 helps achieve the goal of One Net. There are several installation and upgrade options; clients no longer demand prerequisites or make assumptions about platform; and management tools are fully Net-enabled, so you can administer from home in PJs and bunny slippers if you want.
But all the One Net love in the world isn't going to change the fact that for you, as a network administrator, the complexity of the Net isn't hidden. You will see it every day, and you will need to know how to perform those tasks that keep the Net functioning smoothly.
Chapter 3 introduced the NetWare 6 administrative tools. Part II of this book introduces the administrative techniques and tasks that keep the foundation of One Net strong and steady. Chapters 4 and 5 demonstrate how to use those tools for day-to-day administration of NetWare 6.5 servers and Novell eDirectory. Chapter 6 provides an overview of managing users and network security, and shows how eDirectory solves many of the traditional problems associated with managing authentication and access control. Chapter 7 introduces the other aspect of network computing that touches just about everybody: printing. With NetWare 6.5, it's easier than ever to configure a robust printing architecture that gives users the freedom to print from anywhere to anywhere with the click of a button.