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Chapter 35. Connecting to an Existing Network > Joining a Windows Workgroup

Joining a Windows Workgroup

Many smaller organizations use peer-to-peer network to fulfill their file- and print-sharing needs. A peer-to-peer network consists of workstations used for day-to-day computing tasks by their users that have also been configured to make resources available to other users on a network (see Chapter 36, "Setting Up a Simple Windows Network," for more information). With peer-to-peer networks, users'workstations are grouped into logical units called workgroups. Workgroups don't affect a user's ability to get to a resource on another computer. They affect only what a user sees by default when he or she goes to find the resource through Network Neighborhood, Explorer, or other programs in Windows 98 that allow for browsing the network.

Identifying Your Computer

Every computer used in peer-to-peer networking must have a unique computer name. The name can be up to 15 characters long and must not include spaces. You name it by doing the following:


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