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Authenticating to Windows 2000 and XP networks
Authored by: domger on Sep 04, '03 05:38:53PM

domain and workgroup are almost the same... In fact, a PC can be member of a workgroup (just a have to set the same workgroup on every PC, no WinNT or W2k server required) or you can have a server which control a domain and all other PC logs on that domain (kind of server oriented workgroup)...

In a domain, you can manage user on the server, in a workgroup, you need to define users on each PC.



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Could someone else please explain this
Authored by: abs24 on Sep 05, '03 10:40:48AM

Thanks for trying to answer the question above, but I still do not understand. If anyone else could answer this I would be grateful. Again, thanks.



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Could someone else please explain this
Authored by: apwin on Sep 05, '03 11:57:29PM

A domain is described on a Win 2K Domain Controller in standardform, eg, foo.company.com. You can also define a short name which can be used by non-Win 2K clients to access the domain's resources, eg, just FOO, and it appears as a workgroup name to non Win 2K cilents.

The upshot of all this in practice is that anyone on the network, whether they are on a Win2K box or not, can just use FOO as a domain name or a workgroup name.

In MacOS X, the SMB service in Directory Access shows WORKGROUP as the default workgroup name. You can just change this to FOO, and the Mac appears in the domain along with all the Windows machines.



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