Peer to peer network with Windows XP
Posted on 2006-11-21
I've got a buddy that wants to setup a peer to peer network for his small business. He's got 2 xp laptops and 1 xp desktop, 1 printer/scaner/fax and one printer/scanner.
I'd like to set up his 1 desktop to share the 2 printers and I'd also like to share faxing.
So from any computer I'd like them to be able to print, share files between each other and send and receive faxes from any machine.
How can I do this?
Also, for sharing folders, I plan on having individual mapped drives and putting all their my documents on there and then having one shared mapped drive for them. Is there a better way to setup file sharing? I'd like it to be as simple for the end users as possible.
Also, I'm guessing that all I'd need to do is join all the workstations to the same workgroup and then create user accounts exactly the same on each workstation with the proper permissions, so that they can access shared folders without having to enter in a username and password each time. Is that correct?
I've setup peer to peer networks before, but I'm wondering what the "best practice" is for these scenarios. Also ultimately I'd like it to be as user friendly as possible.
I'm open to any all all suggestions.