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Move from Workgroup to Domain

By MDAB ·
Hi,

I am seeking some advice on the benefits of moving from a peer-to-peer network to a domain setup for my current situation.

Currently I oversee 2 branches for my company and I am finding the administration of both locations (not connected over WAN...yet...) very time consuming. Both locations have a peer-to-peer network setup but I am considering going for a domain configuration.

Here are some details of what we are operating with at each branch:

Branch #1
1 store server - win server 2003
1 host server - win server 2003
1 accounting server - win server 2003
20 workstation users - win xp pro
17 sale terminals

Branch #2
1 store server - win server 2003
1 accounting server - win server 2003
13 workstation users - win xp pro
11 sale terminals

Recently I have noticed a lot of network congestion at both branches and suspected it was partly due to the peer-to-peer configuration.

Data security is pretty important and I perform nightly backups on all data, plus weekly backups to an off-site location. I am proposing to invest in another server to act as a file/backup server because at the moment data is scattered on various workstations.

Costing is not a huge issue but if I could use existing hardware to supplement my needs that would be great too.

Thanks in advance.

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