From MissionTechWiki

Servers are simply computers that have a special role whereby they provide services to other computers. This may be file sharing, web serving, email hosting, user authentication etc. In a very simple peer-to-peer network this may be just one of the workstations. In a larger network they tend to be dedicated machines.

One problem, especially in the Windows world, has been the need to implement individual server machines for each role. In the the Unix/linux world it has been relatively easy for one machine to perform serveral roles. This seems to be less the case for windows systems. To reduce the need to have multiple physical machines, and to make better use of more powerful systems, it is becoming more commune to use Virtual Servers where multiple virtual machines run on the one physical hardware platform.

Microsoft Windows

Linux, Unix & BSD


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