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Using "Domain" as a Workgroup name

Last Modified: 2007-09-11
Hi experts,

Situation: Network with a server running Win2K Advanced Server + 6 workstations (1 x Win98, 1 x Win2K, 4 X XP Pro). The router is connected to the internet.

The server seems to be a domain controller, but I couldn't find any reference to a domain name, except CieName.local.

3 workstations (All XPs) belong to a workgroup named MSHOME , the others to a workgroup called DOMAIN (Note: I didn't check Win98).

Win Explorer (In XP) shows the 2 workgroups, the server belonging to DOMAIN.
Net view shows all computers in the workgroup the machine belongs to.
I can ping by IP or name within a workgroup.

My 1st question: Is DOMAIN a special/reserved name for a workgroup?

I want to connect a XP Pro laptop to the network.

If I attach it to the DOMAIN workgroup, I can net view and ping (Name & IP) all machines in DOMAIN. But I CANNOT ping the router or access its configuration, CANNOT map a drive on the server, CANNOT access the Internet.

When I attach it to the MSHOME workgroup (My Computer/Properties/Computer name), I have full access to everything, including all the server files!

Second question is: What gives?

Third question: Is there an easy way to correct the situation (I don't think having so easy access to server files is very healthy)?

Would you require more info, please note that I have very limited access to the other machines. I would certainly appreciate to be given a shopping list, but even more if you could add to it some possible answers. I understand it might not be that easy. You might however KISS, since this network set up doesn't strike me as being very sophisticated.

Thank you.
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