Administering a school network means selecting a server operating system, and in the K-12 world two heavyweights are fighting it out to see who will dominate this growing market.

Novell has been the traditional leader. A study by CCA Consulting found that in the 1995-96 school year, showed Novell's NetWare beating out AppleShare, Microsoft's Windows NT Server, and UNIX.

Today the preference ratios have shifted: Novell's NetWare has dropped to 54 percent, AppleShare to 30 percent, and UNIX has dwindled to 5 percent. Windows NT, on the other hand, has

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