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Chapter 32. Managing Users > Users on a Workgroup LAN

Users on a Workgroup LAN

So far, you have explored the need for user accounts on your local computer. Now let's delve a little deeper and look at the use of accounts in a workgroup LAN environment. A workgroup-based LAN is generally used in a small business where the number of users and computers is small. My personal recommendation is that a LAN of 10 computers or fewer is manageable in a workgroup setting. Essentially, a workgroup LAN is a group of client computers with no dedicated server. All the resources are distributed throughout all the client computers, and all the user accounts are distributed throughout the client computers. This setup allows users to share files and printers across the network without having to centrally administer the network. One drawback to this setup is that if multiple users use multiple machines, they each need a user account on each computer they will use.

See Figure 32.5 for an example. With a "Bob" account on each computer, Bob can use all three computers and can access shared folders from each. Sharon can use only Computer 2 and can't even access shared resources on the other computers because they don't recognize her login name "Sharon" as valid for access.


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