Managing Shared Resources with HomeGroups

Practice Labs Module
Time
15 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate

Welcome to the "Manage Shared Resources with HomeGroups" Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

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Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Manage Shared Resources with HomeGroups Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Prepare Computers for a HomeGroup Setup
  • Exercise 2 - Manage a HomeGroup

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Configure the prerequisites to successfully create a Windows HomeGroup
  • Create a HomeGroup on the first Windows 10 computer
  • Configure the necessary prerequisites on the other Windows 10 computer that will join an existing HomeGroup

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Configure and use management tools - Configure the Windows PowerShell console and Windows PowerShell ISE

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Prepare 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.

Membership in a workgroup is one of the requirements to create a HomeGroup between Windows computers. In this exercise, you will configure Windows 10 computers to initially become members of a workgroup then subsequently put them in a HomeGroup.

Exercise 2 - Manage a HomeGroup

A Windows HomeGroup uses a password to secure its member computers, protect its shared resources and to prevent unauthorized Windows computers from joining. If a user knows the password of an existing HomeGroup, they can join a workstation to be part of a group and gain access to resources like folders, files, and printers shared by other Windows computers in the HomeGroup.

In the previous exercise, you removed Windows 10 devices from PRACTICELABS.COM domain and were automatically placed in a workgroup environment.

In this exercise, you will first create a HomeGroup on PLABWIN11 device and subsequently attach PLABWIN10 into the existing HomeGroup network.

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