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Last response: in Windows 2000/NT
October 6, 2004 5:33:37 PM

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Is there any Microsoft articles or other materials that details the pros and
cons of using a Workgroup or domain.


More about : workgroup domain

October 9, 2004 5:55:37 AM

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Hello Todd

Just about any of the MCSE Study Guide, or networking material out there talk about workgroup vs
Domain. It really comes down to two things as to which you use:

1. # of users
2. Centralized admin vs decentralized

Typically a workgroup is limited to a small number of machines...the recommended max I remember is
10 machines. Workgroups require a lot of admin because each machine has to have a user account
and password for each person that needs access to its resources. The upside is in can get
away with standard PC's and don't need specialized server machines.

My preference is the domain. Here you set your users up once and throught the use of groups and
permissions, give tham access. The is only one username and password to worry about and that
resides on your domain controller. Every users is able to login to any machine (unless restricted)
without the need to place an account on each box.

Hope this helps a bit

David Hancock
Microsoft Server Setup Team

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