network operating system
  • noun an operating system running on a dedicated server computer that controls access to the network resources, and manages network links, printing and users.
  • An operating system which enables two or more independent computers to act as a single system within a communications network. In the context of server-based networks, such an operating system handles tasks such as centralized administration and security, allocation of resources, error handling, and the orderly handling of multiple simultaneous requests by multiple nodes. An example is NetWare. Its acronym is NOS, and its abbreviation is network OS.
  • synonym network OS

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