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Domain style user management on workgroups?

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We have a small network set up using workgroups with NT4 server, win2k server and multiple 2k workstations. As we are expanding we want to set up a few user groups that might include admin, workstation users, office users, guests etc rather than have everybody login as the administrator as we have been doing. Is it possible to set up these user groups on one 2k server and have the 2k workstations access these user groups and settings or can it only be done using domains? I am pretty new to this type of network admin so even if you could give me some links to somewhere that provides basic tutorials/information on user setups I would be most grateful.
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The only way to do it is to setup a domain.
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by:corpkid
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You can do this two ways.  The easy(ier) way is to setup a domain.  The OTHER way is one where each computer has to have the same accounts in it.  I do not think using groups without a domain is practical, so I would not advise that...  Anyways,

For example, on your NT server, you make two shares, ACCOUNTING and RESEARCH.  You also make a BOB and a MARY user account.  You grant BOB permission to ACCOUNTING and MARY permissions to RESEARCH.

Now, on each box that BOB is going to work on, you need to setup a local BOB account, with the same password.  Same thing goes for MARY.  So, let's say that it is possible that GUEST1 (another user you create on your server) will use EVERY machine - you need to go to every machine and setup a GUEST1 user and set the password to match the one you set on the NT server.   Of course, if do let the passwords expire, you're going to have to run around and update them all on each machine.  I would set them to NEVER EXPIRE.

It's a pain in the butt to do it this way.  But, if you must:

http://windows.about.com/library/weekly/aa010429a.htm
http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/nt4wrkdm.htm

Try searching google.com for "Domain vs. Workgroup windows".  Again, I would just setup a domain, it's not very hard with NT Server.

Best of luck!

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by:Floopyb
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thanks for the links corpkid. I think we will go the way of the domain. Could you explain why using groups with a domain is not parctical, from what I read it seems like a smart way to organize lots of users.
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by:corpkid
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Oops, I think you misunderstood...

You certianly DO want to use groups with domains...

I think that groups WITHOUT a domain are difficult to manage because you have to go to every computer and set them up...

If you need help with your domain setup, just let me know, I'd be glad to help!

Regards,
Dominic
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by:Floopyb
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sorry, you are right, i misread the without bit, Thanks!
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