domain vs workgroup

February 8, 2005 at 19:52:49
Specs: xp pro, 2.3g/256

In my lab at school I have all my computers set up in a work group. What are the advantages/disadvantages of work group vs domain? thanks


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February 8, 2005 at 20:03:28

Work groups use Peer to Peer networking. A domain uses a File/Server network.

A file Server network requires a dedicated server, a server OS like Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003. It is more expensive and requires more skill and knowledge to set up, but it is more secure and there is more control over who can do what on the network.

A peer to Peer Network is easier to set up, does not require a dedicated server and can be run with any version of Windows. However it is not as secure.

You log onto a domain server you need Windows XP Prof or Windows 98. Windows XP Home cannot connect to a domain server but can connect to a domain server as a Workgroup computer in Peer to Peer mode.


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February 9, 2005 at 04:06:06

A domain provides centralized resources, security and management. A P to P network doesn't.

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