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Active Directory is pretty intense for someone asking questions like you have. You need to be familiar with DNS and probably DHCP also. I'm not sure how you got assigned to this, but it would be best for a professional to do this as you helped and learned along the way.
^^This.

I took several courses in Microsoft server and domain systems and I still don't have a full grasp on how it all works. If you don't already know a lot of this going in, you are going to face a really steep learning curve.
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^^This.

I took several courses in Microsoft server and domain systems and I still don't have a full grasp on how it all works. If you don't already know a lot of this going in, you are going to face a really steep learning curve.
that sucks. guess i need to go for a workgroup and set up the servers that way.

EDIT:
So how should i setup 8 computers then?? 6 workgroups and 2 servers?? One server is an FTP for files and templates. The other is an XAMPP server for web design testing.
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With 5 PCs, I don't think its worth it to set up a domain. Especially if you are an at home business. A workgroup is a far better option for what you are doing. If you want to learn about Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, etc and become MS certified, I applaud you and your ambition, but I would start doing it in test environments and practice until you fully understand how things work. If you feel your home business can be treated like a test environment, then have at it i guess. Microsoft has a lot of books talking about configuring domains and enterprise networks, but they may be far over your head at this point.
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With 5 PCs, I don't think its worth it to set up a domain. Especially if you are an at home business. A workgroup is a far better option for what you are doing. If you want to learn about Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, etc and become MS certified, I applaud you and your ambition, but I would start doing it in test environments and practice until you fully understand how things work. If you feel your home business can be treated like a test environment, then have at it i guess. Microsoft has a lot of books talking about configuring domains and enterprise networks, but they may be far over your head at this point.
i wish i had time for a test environment, but im looking for something i can deploy with easy maintenance. The overall goal will be to move back into a store front and increase my business, when the economy will hopefully get better. so i guess ill need to look into a workgroup more than.
Edited by graphicsman - 8/15/11 at 1:42pm
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i wish i had time for a test environment, but im looking for something i can deploy with easy maintenance. The overall goal will be to more back into a store front and increase my business, when the economy will hopefully get better. so i guess ill need to look into a workgroup more than.
If you are going to use a workgroup, you only need one workgroup and you'll want all of your computers to be attached to it.

Seriously though, this is going to take a lot of time to get it right. Maintenance will probably end up being easier on a domain (you can manage all the settings, network maps, policies on the server and the workstations will just pick them up) if you choose to go that route.

If possible, look into Windows Small Business Server. The current version is 2011 and is perfect for many small businesses, it also helps you through most of the configuration and has many services integrated into the install. I highly recommend that, especially in a case like yours.
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i do not get small business server through MSDN but i get 2008 r2

EDIT:

and Microsoft Windows Web Server 2008
Edited by graphicsman - 8/15/11 at 2:12pm
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Hmm, looking at your requirements + what you have currently, maybe you could look into getting a NAS box. It seems like you are just wanting to do some simple file sharing between your workstations, and you already have a web server setup. This will allow you to share your files between all of your computer on the local network without the need for a domain. You can also use this while you learn to set up your domain, that way if you make a mistake, you don't jeopardize your file shares.

And back to your question about homegroup vs workgroup, Homegroups are simple shares between Windows 7 PCs. By default, almost every Windows installation starts out in a workgroup (usually WORKGROUP, HOME, or MSHOME). Your computers should already be on the correct workgroup.
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Hmm, looking at your requirements + what you have currently, maybe you could look into getting a NAS box. It seems like you are just wanting to do some simple file sharing between your workstations, and you already have a web server setup. This will allow you to share your files between all of your computer on the local network without the need for a domain. You can also use this while you learn to set up your domain, that way if you make a mistake, you don't jeopardize your file shares.

And back to your question about homegroup vs workgroup, Homegroups are simple shares between Windows 7 PCs. By default, almost every Windows installation starts out in a workgroup (usually WORKGROUP, HOME, or MSHOME). Your computers should already be on the correct workgroup.
can you set permissions to folders on a NAS
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It depends on the NAS, but I'm pretty sure that you can.
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so should i go for domain, workgroup or homegroup??? are users still setup the same??
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