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CrossNodes: Zeroconf: A Net Admin's Work is Still Never Done

Jul 13, 2004, 10:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"Printers and other network devices that configure themselves so you don't have to--that's the promise of zero configuration networking (zeroconf), a set of standard protocols being developed by the Zeroconf Working Group of the Internet Engineering Taskforce (IETF.) And you have to admit, the concept does have a great deal of appeal--running and managing a corporate network is hard work, and eliminating tedious configuration tasks would certainly make the job a little bit easier.

"But before you get too excited, it's worth bearing in mind that, unlike the auto-configuration capabilities built in to IPv6, zeroconf is designed for home offices and small company LANs. If you administer a big corporate network then Zeroconf isn't going to change you life--the best you can hope for is that the branch office on the other side of town will be able to add a printer to its LAN without you or one of your staff having to go and configure it..."

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