The Managing a Homegroup module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Preparing Computers for a HomeGroup Setup
  • Configuring a HomeGroup

Exercise 1 - Preparing Computers for a HomeGroup Setup

Domains, workgroups, and homegroups are different methods of organizing computers in Windows networks. The key difference amongst them is how the computers and resources like folders, files and printers are managed.

Computers in a corporate environment are usually members of a Windows domain. The user accounts in a domain are centralized on a server called domain controller (DC). The DC performs authentication of all users who log on to a domain. When signed on to the domain, a user is given access to network-wide resources based on his role in the organization.

A workgroup is a collection of individual computers in a small network typically composed of 10 workstations or less. A user whose computer is in a workgroup must manually share resources to make them available to other computers in the workgroup.

A homegroup provides an informal way of collectively organizing computers in a small-office-home-office (SOHO) with 10 computers or less.

In this exercise, you will configure Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 computers to initially become members of a workgroup. Membership in a workgroup is one of the requirements to create a homegroup between Windows computers.

Exercise 2 - Configuring a HomeGroup

The homegroup use a password to secure its member computers and its shared resources. If a user knows the password of a homegroup, he can join his workstation to be part of this group and be able to access resources like folders, files and printers shared by other member computers in the homegroup.

In the previous exercise, you removed a Windows 10 and a Windows 8.1 from a Windows domain and put them on a workgroup environment.

In this exercise, you will first create a homegroup on Windows 10 device and subsequently attach the Windows 8.1 into the existing homegroup network.

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