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Old 01-03-2008
Dana
 
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Domain vs. Workgroup setup Win 2003 server

In a small environment (13 workstations) what are the advantages or
disadvantages to setting up the server in a Workgroup format as opposed to a
Domain? I'm not a tech person so I hope this isn't a dopey question. I
don't forsee a 2nd server anytime soon but a few more workstations wouldn't
suprise me. Our email is hosted by an outside company. 'm not sure what
add'l info may be needed.

Thx,

D



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Old 01-03-2008
Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]
 
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Re: Domain vs. Workgroup setup Win 2003 server

Dana <nospam@msn.com> wrote:
> In a small environment (13 workstations) what are the advantages or
> disadvantages to setting up the server in a Workgroup format as
> opposed to a Domain? I'm not a tech person so I hope this isn't a
> dopey question. I don't forsee a 2nd server anytime soon but a few
> more workstations wouldn't suprise me. Our email is hosted by an
> outside company. 'm not sure what add'l info may be needed.
>
> Thx,
>
> D


Oh, there's no question for me, so there's nothing in the PRO: Workgroup
column. I'd never want to support a 13-workstation workgroup <shudder>. A
single database of user accounts/passwords/security is so much easier to
manage and lock down, you can use group policy/login scripts/etc.

As you say you aren't a tech person (but even if you are...) I would suggest
looking at SBS2003. Yes, it includes Exchange, and if your company cares
about managing its users' e-mail at all, I suggest you use it - but you
don't have to. One thing at a time. Try posting in
microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs. SBS comes with myriad wizards/etc and
if you follow them carefully you will end up with a well-running server -
even if you've never done it before.

You should get a server that can hold *all* your data, has hardware RAID,
automates all backups, handles centralized antivirus, etc - and it also
needs a good managed UPS. This is true whether you use AD or not, so don't
skimp (or believe the advertisements that claime you can buy a 'server' for
$400).


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Old 05-03-2008
Dana
 
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Re: Domain vs. Workgroup setup Win 2003 server

Thanks so much for your answer. I'm sure I'll have other questions, I just
can't think of them now.

D

"Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
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> Dana <nospam@msn.com> wrote:
>> In a small environment (13 workstations) what are the advantages or
>> disadvantages to setting up the server in a Workgroup format as
>> opposed to a Domain? I'm not a tech person so I hope this isn't a
>> dopey question. I don't forsee a 2nd server anytime soon but a few
>> more workstations wouldn't suprise me. Our email is hosted by an
>> outside company. 'm not sure what add'l info may be needed.
>>
>> Thx,
>>
>> D

>
> Oh, there's no question for me, so there's nothing in the PRO: Workgroup
> column. I'd never want to support a 13-workstation workgroup <shudder>. A
> single database of user accounts/passwords/security is so much easier to
> manage and lock down, you can use group policy/login scripts/etc.
>
> As you say you aren't a tech person (but even if you are...) I would
> suggest looking at SBS2003. Yes, it includes Exchange, and if your company
> cares about managing its users' e-mail at all, I suggest you use it - but
> you don't have to. One thing at a time. Try posting in
> microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs. SBS comes with myriad wizards/etc and
> if you follow them carefully you will end up with a well-running server -
> even if you've never done it before.
>
> You should get a server that can hold *all* your data, has hardware RAID,
> automates all backups, handles centralized antivirus, etc - and it also
> needs a good managed UPS. This is true whether you use AD or not, so don't
> skimp (or believe the advertisements that claime you can buy a 'server'
> for $400).
>



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Old 05-03-2008
Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]
 
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Re: Domain vs. Workgroup setup Win 2003 server

Dana <nospam@msn.com> wrote:
> Thanks so much for your answer. I'm sure I'll have other questions,
> I just can't think of them now.
>
> D


No problem. Post a new message if you have any further questions - but do
consider SBS.

>
> "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
> <lanwench@heybuddy.donotsendme.unsolicitedmailatyahoo.com> wrote in
> message news:%23Z6DJwyeIHA.3940@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
>> Dana <nospam@msn.com> wrote:
>>> In a small environment (13 workstations) what are the advantages or
>>> disadvantages to setting up the server in a Workgroup format as
>>> opposed to a Domain? I'm not a tech person so I hope this isn't a
>>> dopey question. I don't forsee a 2nd server anytime soon but a few
>>> more workstations wouldn't suprise me. Our email is hosted by an
>>> outside company. 'm not sure what add'l info may be needed.
>>>
>>> Thx,
>>>
>>> D

>>
>> Oh, there's no question for me, so there's nothing in the PRO:
>> Workgroup column. I'd never want to support a 13-workstation
>> workgroup <shudder>. A single database of user
>> accounts/passwords/security is so much easier to manage and lock
>> down, you can use group policy/login scripts/etc. As you say you aren't a
>> tech person (but even if you are...) I would
>> suggest looking at SBS2003. Yes, it includes Exchange, and if your
>> company cares about managing its users' e-mail at all, I suggest you
>> use it - but you don't have to. One thing at a time. Try posting in
>> microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs. SBS comes with myriad
>> wizards/etc and if you follow them carefully you will end up with a
>> well-running server - even if you've never done it before.
>>
>> You should get a server that can hold *all* your data, has hardware
>> RAID, automates all backups, handles centralized antivirus, etc -
>> and it also needs a good managed UPS. This is true whether you use
>> AD or not, so don't skimp (or believe the advertisements that claime
>> you can buy a 'server' for $400).




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