Windows 7 offers a new networking feature called HomeGroup that is designed to offer some features of a traditional domain, but be easier for the average user to configure. Whether you actually support home clients or just your family and friends, it's a good idea for IT pros to familiarize themselves with this new feature, as you're likely to run across it in the future. In this TR Dojo episode, I provide a brief tutorial on setting up a Windows 7 homegroup and using it to share files.
For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read the following articles from Greg Shultz:
- How do I create and configure a network with Windows 7 HomeGroup?
- Extend default folder sharing capabilities in Windows 7 HomeGroup
- How do I make Windows 7 HomeGroup content accessible to Vista and XP?
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