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Domain vs Workgroup

NT server 4.0 can be configured as Domain Server or Workgroup server. Which one of them is better for the LAN? I have worked by using Workgroup with NT Workstations, now I would like to try by using Domains.
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evertdCommented:
If you have more that 1 server a domain is better or if you plan to use more than 1 server. In a domain there is only one use account list so even if you have 10 servers you only have to worry about 1 useracoount list. Even if you have 1 server you can use a domain cause there are no disadvantages (maybe a little more performance costs but not so much)
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Tim HolmanCommented:
The Microsoft recommendation is to use a domain model for LANs of more than 10 computers, and a workgroup model for less.
This is due to performance reasons - a domain has a higher network overhead due to replication, syncrhonization etc, which is only worth it if you've a large number of machines to administer.
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evertdCommented:
yes, but if you have a fast machine and fast network it is not so bad to use a domain
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evertdCommented:
you talk about computers... I talk about servers
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hongsikchoiAuthor Commented:
I liked your answer. Please just answer me one more question...

in NT Workstation at boot, I can login into my own machine, by using Domain, I can choose the Domain to login....

I would like to know by choosing a Domain to login, do I just need to login only once?

When using Workgroup, I have to login to my machine than login again into the server by Network Neighborhood -> clicking 2 times at the server icone...

Thanks.
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evertdCommented:
If you use a domain you only need to login once, even if you have 10 servers.
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hongsikchoiAuthor Commented:
I tried using Domain login and indeed it worked! Thank you very much.

But I realized the comming problem...

I have 2 NT Workstations ( notebook and desktop ) and a NT Server using Domain. The people who uses the NT Workstations always login as their own machine's username:administrator which is normal and it is what they wanted , but which means it is kind of wired to let them login also as administrator in server (BTW the password is different) ... I will let them to login as their workstations, I don't want them to login as administrator in server.

How can I solve this problem?

Thanks.
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Tim HolmanCommented:
You need to make these machines members of the domain.
They will still have the option on bootup to either logon locally (using Administrator), or to the domain, using their new account (which can't be called Administrator).
I find it best NOT to give users access to the Administrator account.
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