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Working with Windows® Small Business Server 2011 Essentials by Andrew Edney, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Domains and Workgroups

Microsoft provides for two different networking models in their operating systems: workgroups and domains. SBS supports only the domain model of Microsoft networking, but it’s worthwhile to go over why this decision makes sense, even in a very small business.

Do Workgroups Work?

Microsoft introduced the concept of the workgroup in 1992 with Windows for Workgroups. The workgroup is a logical grouping of several computers whose work or users are connected and who want to share their resources with each other. Usually, all the computers in a workgroup are equal, which is why such setups are referred to as peer-to-peer networks.

Workgroup networks are appealing because they’re easy to set up and maintain. Individual users manage ...

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