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Planning a Banyan Network

Chapter 1 - Understanding Banyan Networks and Their Administration

What Is a Banyan Network?

Note: StreetTalk® for Windows NT does not allow a Macintosh workstation user to store files on a StreetTalk for Windows NT file service.


Banyan Services

Note: References to Windows users or Windows workstations include Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and Windows NT unless otherwise noted.

Managers and Administrators


VINES Software

System Software

Figure 1-1. VINES System and Network Software

Network Software


How Workstations Access a Banyan network

Starting the Login Process

BAN Program

Routing Server


Drive Z

Figure 1-2. Workstation Broadcasting to Servers

What Happens When a User Logs In

Setting the User Environment

Banyan Administration

Security Issues

User and group security, which includes setting passwords and preventing users changing passwords
Physical location security, which includes restricting users to specific workstations or types of workstations
Access to servers connected by serial links and TCP/IP links
Access to file, print, and host communication services
Access to resources that services manage (for example, files and directories)

Administrative Tasks

Planning the network topology
Locating and naming users and resources
Adding servers to the network and managing them
Adding workstations to the network
Managing users
Managing workstation and VINES software
Managing file, print, and other services
Adding software options
Scheduling and performing routine operations

Key Terms

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