Linux Remote Access Servers

Written by Clive Swanepoel
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Networks that have UNIX or LINUX operating systems use the TCP/IP protocol to enable users to access their networks from remote locations. In contrast, Windows environments can employ IPX, NETBEUI, or TCP/IP protocols. Whilst employing an operating system specific access protocol enables one to use all of the proprietary features of that operating system, it becomes a limitation if access is required to be provided for a number of different servers using different operating systems.

TCP/IP Used for LINUX Network Access

Since TCP/IP is common to both Linux and Windows for remote access, a discrete remote access server can be used where access is required for both platforms. Because they are easy to install and configure, Linux remote access servers are often used in larger scale systems where there is a need to provide access to an increasing number of users. The Linux operating system is renowned for reliability and stability.

Linux remote access servers are available as stand-alone units or as adapters that can be plugged into the PCI slot of a server. Scaling up using adapter cards is as easy as plugging in additional cards as required, with the only limitation being the number of available PCI slots. Stand-alone units can be stacked to provide additional capacity.

Cross Platform Support

Network managers have used UNIX/LINUX operating systems for years and are very familiar with the management tools that those systems offer. Linux remote access servers can usually be managed with tools that are familiar to network managers. Remote users demand reliable service, making Linux remote access servers a popular solution for cross-platform networks.

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