Software that handles the administration of a network to allow resources and files to be shared. Various facilities can be provided including file sharing, remote access, and a range of administrative functions to control the network.
A generic term for software that enables workstations on a LAN to internetwork, usually via specialized servers, in a (fairly) transparent way; e.g., to access files, printers, and other resources across a network. The first really successful LAN operating system within the PC environment was Novell NetWare. Today, Windows Server operating systems include a NOS.
An operating system that includes special functions for connecting computers and devices into a local area network (LAN). The term network operating system is generally reserved for software that enhances a basic operating system by adding network features. Some popular NOS’s for Windows® systems include Novell NetWare, Microsoft LAN Manager and Windows® NT. Also see "Operating System."
(NOS): software that takes messages from the application programming interface, changes it into a packet by affixing proper addressing, and then sends it to the network communications driver, the interface card driver, and then the actual interface hardware. It's kind of confusing because of all the layers a message must go through, but it's like an assembly line. First comes the application, which sends the message to the API, then to the NOS for stamping, and then the proper drivers for transmission through the network. Mentioned in: Network Software. See also: application programming interface.
An operating system that resides on the controlling computer in the network. The NOS controls what software, data, and devices a user on the network can access. Examples of an NOS are Novell Netware and Windows 2000 Server.
A computer operating system designed to support a network of workstations. It provides peripheral, application and database sharing across the network. Common NOSs are Windows NT/2000, Novell NetWare and Linux.
NOS is software that controls the execution of network programs and modules. Structurally, networking software comprises multiple modules, most residing in network servers, but some must be installed in each terminal/station that can access network resources. Peer-to-peer NOSs permit any terminal/station to act as a resource server or a client, and can be based on Microsoft's Disk operating system (MS DOS) designed for IBM and compatible PCs. Since MS DOS is not designed to run multiple programs and respond to many simultaneous users, most NOSs designed for large networks with dedicated servers/superservers, have a multitasking and multi-user architecture. Advanced NOS products support network management, diagnostics, and administration, as well as, primary server, client, de vice and external network driver functions.
The software that connects all the devices on a network so that resources can be shared efficiently and files can be transferred. It handles administration of all network functions, Network operating systems are usually in two parts; server and client/requester. The requester puts the workstation on the server machine and makes disks, software, ports and other facilities available to a node on request. Each device's services requested by a PC are accessed via the requester software.
NOS. A special application that allows computers and other devices on the network the ability to communicate and accept and receive information. Windows 95, the Mac OS, and Windows NT are operating systems.
An operating system which includes software to communicate with other computers via a network. For example, Novell's Netware of Microsoft's Windows NT. Source: Foldoc: Free On-line Dictionary of Computing
(NOS) The software that connects all the devices on a network so that resources can be shared efficiently and files can be transferred. The NOS handles administration of network functions. A NOS is usually in two parts; server and client/requester.
n. An operating system installed on a server in a local area network that coordinates the activities of providing services to the computers and other devices attached to the network. Unlike a single-user operating system, a network operating system must acknowledge and respond to requests from many workstations, managing such details as network access and communications, resource allocation and sharing, data protection, and error control.
Network operating system (NOS): Software that controls a network and its message (e.g. packet) traffic and queues, controls access by multiple users to network resources such as files, and provides for certain administrative functions, including security.