My customer is on a budget and although I'm pretty sure of the answer to this, I want to get some clarification...Small office running Win XP Home on peer-to-peer. They recently added four new PC's and want them to have limited access to the 'Workgroup'. I understand that setting up specific shares is primarily a Win XP Pro situation, but is it necessary to upgrade ALL the other PC's in the office to XP Pro, or can it be limited to the four new ones? My concern: Anytime an OS upgrade installation of any kind is done, a myriad of problems can present themselves. Concern #2: Through an act of God, all 11 PC's in the office are communicating under Win XP Home workgroup. Will adding XP Pro to the other four throw that completely off? You can no longer disable Simple File Sharing on Win XP Home (unless manipulating the registry), but that still won't open up the shares options. I'm worried about potential communication issues. So...11 PC's on XP Home, all communicating flawlessly under same workgroup. Four of them need to be 'quarantined' to access only certain folders within the network. Those same four need to be cut off Internet access but not E-mail. Nine of the eleven need to have downloading capabilities removed. They are on two 8-port switches connected to a Verizon Versalink 327W modem/router.
What is my best bet??