The Understand Client Server and Peer-to-Peer Networks 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:

  • Understand Domains and Workgroups
  • Creating a HomeGroup

Exercise 1 - Understand Domains and Workgroups

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

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.

Computers in a corporate environment are usually members of a Windows domain. The user accounts in a domain are centralized in a server called domain controller (DC). The DC performs validation 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.

In this exercise, initially you will add PLABWIN702 as a member workstation in a domain called PRACTICELABS.COM. Then verify the device membership in the said Active Directory domain.

Later, you will configure PLABWIN701 computers to become a member of a workgroup which is simply called HOMEOFFICE

Exercise 2 - Creating a HomeGroup

You can create a HomeGroup network as an alternative to using Active Directory Domains or Workgroups to organize Windows devices.

A HomeGroup provides an informal way of collectively organizing computers in a small-office-home-office (SOHO) with 10 computers or less. The HomeGroup password is what secures the member computers in a HomeGroup. 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 from other member computers in the HomeGroup.

In this exercise, you will initially create a HomeGroup using PLABWIN701 device. Then configure PLABWIN702 to join the new HomeGroup to allow streamlined access to network resources like folders and printers between two computers.

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