The Understand Domains, Workgroups and Homegroups module provides you with the instruction and Server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Organizing Computers in a Windows Network

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • 220-901: 1.13 Install SOHO multifunction device/printers and configure appropriate settings (Public/shared devices, sharing local/networked device via operating system settings)
  • 220-902: 1.2 Given a scenario, install Windows PC operating systems using appropriate methods (Workgroup vs. domain setup)
  • 220-902: 3.6 Given a scenario, install and configure Windows networking on a client/desktop (HomeGroup vs. WorkGroup, Domain setup, Printer sharing vs. network printer mapping)

Lab time: It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Organizing Computers in a Windows Network

Domains, workgroups and homegroups are different methods of organizing computers in networks. The key difference amongst them is how the computers and resources like folders, files and printers are managed.

A homegroup provides an informal way of collectively organizing computers in a small-office-home-office (SOHO) with 10 computers or less. The homegroup password is what secures the computers that are members of a homegroup. If a user knows the password of a homegroup, he can join his workstation to be part of this group and be able to access resources like folders, files and printers shared from other member computers in the homegroup.

On the other hand, a workgroup is a collection of individual computers in a small network typically composed of 10 workstations or less. A user whose computer is in a workgroup must manually share resources to make them available to other computers in the workgroup.

Computers in a corporate environment are usually members of a Windows domain. The user accounts in a domain are centralized in a server called domain controller (DC). The DC performs validation of all users who log on to a domain. When signed on to the domain, a user is given access to network-wide resources based on his role in the organization.

In this exercise, you will configure Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 computers to become members of a homegroup.

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