Understand the difference between a workgroup and a domain. Join a network that contains other computers that are connected to it. Then, create or join workgroups and domains in two ways. Open System from Control Panel, and click Change Settings from Computer Name, Domain, And Workgroup Settings. You can also join a domain from here. Access similar settings from the Settings window, under System, from About.
- [Narrator] You may want to set up a network when you have computers you'd like to share data among. You can also share printers, backup devices, and an internet connection too. Before deciding on the type of network to create though, make sure to review your choices. If your computers are in different locations, you can create user accounts on each of them and store your data in the Cloud. If those computers are in your home and connected to a local area network, a homegroup will do. If you have several computers though, say more than 5 but less than 10, they are in close proximity to each other, and you run a small business, you'd probably prefer a workgroup.
And when you have more than that, especially if you run a mid to large size company, you'll probably opt for a domain. Oftentimes networking solutions come about organically and without much thought, especially when there are only a few computers involved. For instance, a small business might configure a local area network to have computers share an internet connection. As time passes, users will probably start to manually share their own files, their own folders, and even printers. They might create user accounts on their machines so that others can have access.
Once this happens, it's possible to access any computer on the network from another. You simply need to browse to the computer from File Explorer, double click the computer, and login. I'll click this WINDOWS10-4 machine to show you what a network credential dialogue box looks like. Here's where you enter those credentials. You can see the option to remember the credentials so that you won't have to type them in the next time you connect. From then on, any time you double click a machine that you've already signed into, it'll connect automatically.
On occasion, these smaller business workgroups evolve into domains. This happens when managing the workgroup becomes time consuming and difficult to scale. Configuring a domain involves adding at least one server, such as Windows Server 2012. Workgroups don't require a server, and user accounts are managed on a machine to machine basis. Domains do, and one of those servers is set up with active directory, where user accounts are managed by a network administrator. Whether you want to join a workgroup or a domain, there are two places to do it in Windows 10.
One is from the System window in Control Panel, and the other is in Settings, from System, from the About tab. I prefer the System window. One way to get there is to open File Explorer, right-click This PC, and click Properties. I'll maximize the window. Then, next to Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings. Click Change to name your workgroup. By default, the workgroup name will be Workgroup.
If you want to change it to something else, you'll need to type it here. I've already done that, and changed mine to HOTEL. If you change your workgroup name, you'll have to press OK and restart your computer. I already did that to save some time, so I'll click Cancel. With the workgroup created, you can now join other PCs to it. On those PCs, you'll need to navigate here and click Network ID. Let me move over to another computer and show you. Here I am on a second PC.
I've clicked Network ID and I'm ready to work through the wizard. I just have to make some choices. This is a business network, so I'll leave this and click Next. My company uses a network without a domain, and I'll make that selection and click Next. Now here's where I type my workgroup name. We know mine is HOTEL. You'll need to type whatever yours is and click Next. When you're ready, close any open files and click Finish.
The computer will need to restart. If you opted to join a domain, the dialogue boxes are a little different, but not too much. You'll need to input your domain credentials, including the domain name, so before you do that, make sure you have the information handy. Remember, there are several solutions for networking computers. You can store your data in the Cloud to access it from anywhere, you can create a homegroup, or you can opt for a workgroup or a domain. The one you choose depends on your needs, logistics, and network size.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell