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Benefits and Security Issues of Workgroups

Case Study:

Executives from another IT consulting business are visiting for the day and are interested in your network setup. They are curious about what measures you have in place to keep users from accessing areas of the network they should not be accessing.

1. Using language they can understand, explain to the executives the benefits of workgroups for users.
2. Explain to the executives the importance of network drive permissions and how workgroups can be used in combination to prevent unauthorized access to those drives.

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Benefits of Workgroups

Workgroups - what are they? - Basically, it is a collection of computers on a LAN that share resources such as printers and files and workload. Generally, they are configured to work for small LANs like a small business or in homes and have to be replaced with other alternates like domains and client/servers when they become too large to administer. Windows Workgroup is an example of a workgroup.

Benefits of Workgroups: Use these guidelines to explain the benefits of workgroups to the executives you will be addressing:

? Since workgroups are synonymous with small networks like mentioned above, there is no need to have extra computers and is therefore cost effective.
? Workgroups are peer-to-peer. This means that each workgroup computer may both share and access resources such as files, printers, or, folders if configured to do so.
? Workgroups are easier to maintain ...

Solution Summary

The solution describes what workgroups are and how they are beneficial to organizations. It also addresses the importance of network drive permissions and how workgroups can be used in combination to prevent unauthorized access to those drives.

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