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Domain vs Workgroup

By DouglasB ·
I do some work in a small business office, 12 work stations + Windows 2000 server, where the former IT person setup the network as a Domain. Stupid question, but why would it be set up as a domain instead of a work group?

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by mikex In reply to Domain vs Workgroup

Because of the oportunities - see here:

http://www.computing.net/networking/wwwboard/forum/24098.html

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by DouglasB In reply to

Useful information at this link, but not enough.

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by DouglasB In reply to Domain vs Workgroup

Thanks for the link. Maybe I misunderstood the information, but if workstations are connected to a server, their files are stored there, they get internet access from the server and are organized into workgroups, network printers, etc, why the domain, especially in a small office. My read from the article is that it helps the administrator lock down the workstations so the users can't goof them up?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Domain vs Workgroup

It is easier to assign permissions in a domain, than in a workgroup. In a workgroup, you have to have local acounts on every networked resource and a password for every resource.

In a domain, you only need one user account, placed into a security group. The security group is provided access to the resources. Domains simply provide an easier method to managing issues of password management and security control.

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by DouglasB In reply to

This is the answer that I was looking for, thank you.

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