Educate Me on File Sharing in 2003 Server Domain
Posted on 2009-07-01
I have 15 clients (XP Pro) within a Windows Server 2003 network. The server is down at the moment. However, I am confused about the sharing between clients on the network (client-to-client). I am totally familiar working within a workgroup. I need a little explaining how the server plays a role in this operation.
I was told by the Corp. Guru that we would not be able to share files since the server is down. But, he is dead wrong as I can share files between clients. As I recall, I set up several clients to enable sharing on some folders. This sharing is working.
Obviously, I cannot reach any shares that are configured on the server as it is down. After all, its job is a "file server" and also servers other task such as DNS, etc. What is the deal with Server Credentials? Do these somehow control the ability to share client-to-client? I do understand the workstation's ability to "cache" logon to the domain as that is the case now even when the server is down.
Can someone give me a 500 point dissertation?
Thanks in advance.