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Chapter 14. Configuring the Network at Y... > Changing Your Computer's Identificat...

Changing Your Computer's Identification

On the network, your computer is identified by a name and—depending on the type of network—a workgroup or domain name as well. When working on a Novell NetWare network, for example, your computer name only applies to your individual workstation; only your user name is significant to NetWare. When working on a Windows NT Server network, however, the computer's name is a unique name that identifies the workstation to the network; the name cannot be the same as any other computer, workgroup, or domain name on the network.

A workgroup is a collection of computers grouped together and identified by a group name; workgroups provide convenience and efficiency. You can view workgroups on the network to determine available resources, find files or directories, and so on. A domain is a collection of computers on a Windows NT Server network that recognize the same user accounts; domains provide security as well as efficiency. Anyone on the network can join a workgroup, but only those assigned by the system administrator can be members of a domain.


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