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Client is a dental office with 8 pcs. Built a server with Windows 2003 server (not small business) Client computers are windows xp pro.

They use 2 applications that are installed on their local systems but access shared folders on the server.

Should I leave this as a workgroup or create a domain. Security is not an issue and I will maintain system as no one in house is technical.

Why a domain is better than a workgroup or just leave it as a workgroup. DHCP provided by DSL router.

Need to share a few folders and printers on some of the clients.


Dan
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by:Rob Williams
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It will work fine as a workgroup, but workgroups are much harder to manage. User accounts and permissions have to be created on each machine, there is no central sharing of printers, group policy cannot be used to apply changes or restrictions to all machines, etc. Changing to a domain will simplify and centralize your management of the network.
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by:dooleydog
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agreed, workgroups are harder to manage, but if security is not a major concern, this may be an option. I would recommend a domain, simply on principal. Also, in the future, they may decide that a domain is necessary for some new software, or other unforseen reason.

Either way, you may need to re-visit the dentist often to help them with network issues!

Good Luck,

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Thanks to both. When I create the domain which I will based on your answers, and I have no print servers, it is easy to share a printer attached via USB to computer 4 so others can use this?


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Sure, sharing printers of any sort is easy. When you configure the printer share, there is an option to check called "list in the directory" (active directory). This allows users to simply locate and connect to shared printers within the domain.
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Going to pipe in here as these are my fav questions :), 8 machines is deffinitely a domain scenario, for me, 2 machines is a domain scenario... there is no comparison with useablilily, security and centralised management...there is not one benefit of having a workgroup if you have a 2003 server available....

http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_install_active_directory_on_windows_2003.htm

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Thanks  dynamicd,
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