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Workgroup vs. Domain?

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Just wondering if anyone can help me understand the difference between a workgroup and a domain? W2k asks when you set up a network whether or not I want to specify a workgroup or a domain. I specified a workgroup but what if i did domain? I only have 2 computers at home linked.
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by:JohnGerhardt
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Have a look at this site
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/f5ed3276-6cd4-4e78-93d6-8b86c5aa47fa1033.mspx
Basically domains are used by companies where a central computer manages all of the the other ones. Workgroups there is no computer that is designated manager of the workgroup.

There are lots of other benefits of a domains but they of course add complexity!

Hope this helps.

-Jaggie
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is it possible for me to experiment and change my tiny 2 computer home network from workgroups to domains? is it worth it?
do i still need anti virus software on both pc's now that they are networked?
also, can play with policies on a workgroup based network (is that same as peer to peer?)? if so, how do i?
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In order to set up a domain you need a windows server 2003 platform! Its not worth it for 2 PCs

You will still have to have anti virus installed on both of your machines. The only way a network could benefit you would be that you could have a server that can control the anti virus software and push updates to it etc. again really not worth it for 2 machines!

Unfortunately because each machine is its only entity in a workgroup you cannot play with policies centrally (you can play with the local policies though).

-Jaggie

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