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    Networking (homegroup) limitations

    I maintain a small office with 12 workstations. We want to use windows 7 to provide the network services and stop using small business server 2003. A local tech support company is telling me there should be no more than 5 workstations connected to a homegroup. We want all of the workstations connected to the same homegroup. I was unaware of this homegroup limitation; at any one time, probably 6 - 8 workstations would be active; some days all 12 would be, but for relatively short periods. Is this limitation real? if so, is there a realistic work around that non-computer types could use easily?

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    Everything I have read states there is no limit to the number of PC's in a homegroup. Just remember Win 7 Starter and Home Basic OS cannot set up a homegroup, but can join the homegroup. I suspect you will be using higher versions than these.
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    WilfG,

    Welcome to the Lounge as a new poster.

    Why not skip homegroups entirely and just use standard Windows networking it works great and you have finer control of who access what IMHO.
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    I'm not sure I understand your point. Would a homegroup not offer greater security and make the network printers available to everyone? We dont share files but do share folders; again, is this not easier to do through a workgroup?

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    WilfG,

    Easier yes! More secure not so much. If you share folders you're sharing files since one setting controls both. With a Homegroup what ever is shared is shared for all. With standard Windows networking you can specify which users have access to which files/folders/printers. I doubt you want to share the payroll records with everyone if you get my drift! Easiest is not always Best.
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    Also, Homegroup only works with Windows 7 and/or Windows 8 computers. It doesn't support networking to Windows XP or Windows Vista computers.

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    So there are some good reasons for using standard windows networking. Unfortunately it would seem a bigger challenge to maintain. I can find my way though but ours is a small office and the less computer fussing I need to do the better. Is there a quick comparison some place that will help me sort this stuff out? I am trying to avoid the group policy editor and that range of software, if I can,.... but am certainly prepared to learn it if need be...

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