Stands for Banyan Virtual Integrated Network Service, a network operating system (NOS) for building enterprise-level networks. VINES was originally based on a proprietary family of protocols that was derived from the Xerox Network Systems (XNS) protocol. VINES uses a client/server distributed networking architecture for allowing clients to access network resources on servers over the network.
VINES includes such features as:
VINES includes clients for MS-DOS, OS/2, Microsoft Windows, and Macintosh platforms as well as optional applications for integrating Windows NT, AppleTalk, Novell, and UNIX networks into existing VINES-based networks.
VINES is built on a client/server model in which clients can make requests for services from servers on the network. The VINES protocol stack consists of five basic layers that map to the seven-layer Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model as follows:
When connecting Windows 95 or Windows 98 clients to a VINES-based network, use the 32-bit client for Windows that comes with VINES instead of the 16-bit VINES client included with Windows 95 and Windows 98.