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By wood2986 ·
What are the relative merits of peer-to-peer networks and domains with their effects on centralised management?

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by Gigelul In reply to peer-to-peer

With pear-to-pear network you can't have a "centralised management".

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by ariston In reply to peer-to-peer

It all revolves around how much you want to spend on your network. A peer-to-peer network has no centralized management as each workstation can be visualized as being on the same level as one another. No one workstation provides any authority over another. With a domain environment you have a Domain Controller that controls items such as user logon and Group Policy (if using Active Directory). A domain or client/server model is much more expensive to develop however the potential benefits easily outweigh a peer-to-peer network.

Hope that helps!

Ariston Collander

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by Duster52 In reply to peer-to-peer

The real question is how much control do you need over the network and computing environment? If you don't care and don't need to control things like file security (and confidentiality) and printing, then go peer-to-peer.

If you have a big network, then you will drive yourself nuts trying to control and handle all of the problems generated by a peer-to-peer network. In that case it is better to use a domain.

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