Small Business Network Without Server
Posted on 2013-12-17
This is not a one answer question so I am not expecting one. Only looking for some direction, advice or resources. I have restaurant business with 5 PCs (1 - Vista / 4 - XP) and about 8 printers. We have a POS system running a SQL server that the workstations connect to. I dont have a server but I would like to configure the network like it had one. I've looked through quite a few networking books but they are completely geared to home networks or on the other extreme and geared towards running off of servers.
I just want to be able to manager the network from my office. I want it to be well organized and I want to identify each PC easily. Here are some of the things I face.
* Some PCs dont show up when I go to see click on "Network" from explorer
* All PCs dont have user accounts because of the way every uses the workstations to enter food orders so I have issue sharing folders
* And many more
I am looking for some resources to look into for best practices for my situation. For example and I am just making something up here, "make sure that all your PCs are on the same Workgroup, you can change Workgroups by..... blah blah blah". I know this is important, maybe, but I dont know why.
In short I am looking for something to read that will fit my enviornment. Something in the middle of a home network and a "real" business network. Like I said I have looked through quite a bit of books and none that I read for more than and hour or so because it was either too deep or to simplistic.