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Chapter 17 : Managing File and Print Services > Understanding File Servers

Understanding File Servers

Before you configure a file server, you must understand what a file server does. File servers are machines on your network that store data files to share among network clients. The same machine can be a file server and another type of server. For example, a machine can both be hosting network files and be running Exchange Server 2010. Such a machine would have both file server and application server functions. (Application servers are machines that host applications used by network clients.)

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Multiple Server Types on One Machine

In today’s computer world, most IT departments must worry about budgets. The problem with the IT department is that most of the time it gets the smallest budget in the company. You are usually stuck between a rock and a hard place, because if your network is running well, people (including executives) forget about you. This makes it hard when you ask for your budget.


  

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