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This lady I know is wanting some help setting up a small network in her office building. The only problem is that every office seems to be on the same LAN, with no common admin.

She only has 2 boxes in her office, and wants file-sharing. They are already connected using a 4-port switch which the outside LAN/internet is also connected. One is XP, and the other is 2000 (home or pro, server or workstation are important for my question I realize....however I have to wait until tomorrow to get that info)

I was wondering what the best way to set her 2 computers up to be networked, while restricting access to all outside her office. When I set it up as a workgroup, I could see many number of shares from various resources in the building. Not to mention the 15+ network printers.

I was thinking I could disable simple file sharing on the XP (pro I think) box and set up a pw protected ACL. Then maybe map that folder as a network drive on the 2000 box.

Would this be secure enough to still be on the workgroup? Would a domain be better? Should I get a router instead of the switch?

It would be better if they could just share whichever folders on either computer they wanted, but only the client in the same room has access to it. How could I go about that? Can I just setup all shares on both machines to only allow access to the other machine. Then they would only have to put in a pw when they logon to windows.

Any advice or thoughts would be very appreciated, as I am going in there tomorrow and don't want to have to figure out what I'm doing as I go along.

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Just had a thought, I was using MSHOME as the workgroup name. If I used a unique workgroup name, would that prevent others on the LAN from seeing it?
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Just had a thought, I was using MSHOME as the workgroup name.  If I used a unique workgroup name, would that prevent others on the LAN from seeing it?

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Yes, that's the idea behind workgroup names, to let multiple workgroups operate independently on the same network.

Yes, a domain would be even more secure since the domain server holds the logins and passwords, but you have to have and configure a domain server.
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