Desktop is an old Dell Dimensions XPS with Windows XP Professional.
Laptop #1 is a Dell Inspiron 5100 with Windows XP Professional.
Laptop #2 is a Dell Inspiron 7500 with Windows 2000.
I have a wireless network set up through a Dell Router and broadband through a cable modem. The desktop is directly wired to the router and the laptops are wireless. So the desktop shares it's internet connection and printers with the laptops. I set up a workgroup so we can swap files between all three. But now we are getting confused on who has what files and multiple files that we are not sure which one is the most updated on without opening it.
What I want to do now is buy a print server so we do not have to turn on the desktop just to print, and I also want to buy a network attached storage so it can act like a "server" and leave it on. Is it possible to set up a domain type network with what I have and what I want? I want to eliminate the confusion with the files and log the laptops on like a clients instead of choosing a user at the start up screen.
Also, last thing, I want to set up something that will be compatible with macs (Powerbook and I-Mac G5) that we are going to buy in the near future.
If you have any advise please let me know. I would also appreciate a tutorial on how to set this type of network up.