'Understanding DCE' is a technical and conceptual overview of OSF's Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) for programmers, technical managers, and marketing and sales people. Unlike many O'Reilly & Associates books, 'Understanding DCE' has no hands-on programming elements. Instead, the book focuses on how DCE can be used to accomplish typical programming tasks and provides explanations to help the reader understand all the parts of DCE.
*Purpose and goals of the Distributed Computing Environment.
*Definition of a cell.
*Distributing applications using RPC.
*Improving program performance using threads.
*Protecting resources using the security service.
*Locating network resources using the directory (name) service.
*Synchronizing network time using the time service.
*Sharing and replicating files through the distributed file system.
*Design and implementation considerations in writing distributed applications.
*Getting started as a DCE administrator.
*Determining your cell's boundaries.
*Initial choices in configuration and administrative responsibilities.
*Scenarios for security policies.
*Considerations for breaking up or replicating services across multiple hosts.
*Sample DCE application.
*Answers to commonly asked DCE questions.
*Finding an external time provider.
*Registering a cell's DNS or X.500 address.