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Domain or workstation approach for small network?

Posted on 2007-03-18
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I am building a small (6 student workstations plus several administrators) network for a small college campus.  We have just purchased Windows Server 2003, Standard Ed., but have not installed it yet.

I want to isolate the students so they can not get to any of the administration files, but at the same time, they need to access some student files on the server.  

I am new to this; my question is: do I use a domain or workstation approach?  I don't particularly want the students or administrators to have to login to the server each time they want to access a set of files.

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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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It doesn't sound like you understand networking...

Would you prefer to setup user accounts on every computer so students and administrators (I assume you mean NON-Students) can access their files.  Of course this means manually changing passwords on EVERY workstation if the student(s) get word of an administrator's password.  

Or would you prefer having a SINGLE user account that works on every computer - one that, if you change it on one is essentially changed on all?

The former is a workgroup setup... the latter is a domain setup.

Domains provide VERY flexible management options - you can manage virtually all workstations from any other computer when logged in as a domain administrator.

Workgroups tend to be a nightmare to manage.

Also - you might be better off using Small Business Server (easier to use thanks to it's wizards) and/or looking into licensing through Microsoft Campus Agreement or www.techsoup.com (for educational purposes, Microsoft software can be VERY inexpensive.
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Holy Smokes!  I wasn't aware of TechSoup... fantastic!  Thank you so much...  and regarding domains vs workgroups, I already figured that out... you just confirmed it.

Thank you again...
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