Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows 2003 R2 switching to domain PRO'S & CONS

09 Feb 2015   #1
bigmuddyfoot

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Windows 2003 R2 switching to domain PRO'S & CONS

Hey Guys I have a few questions for you

I presented to my company switching to a domain net work rather then using a work group.
The main reason i would like to switch is so that we have more control over the users and we can be more
productive when a computer goes down. From the research i have done there does not seam to be that many cons but i was asked what they were.

Could any one give me a list of pros and cons to switching from a WORKGROUP to a Domain Name?

Thank you


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
10 Feb 2015   #2
doctore

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

The biggest "con" would likely be the added expense of hiring Server Admin Of course, the added expense of the equipment - server hardware and software, too, but that's usually a one-time expense. Btw, you should be looking at at least 2008 R2.

Quote:
we can be more productive when a computer goes down.
If the server goes down - the entire network goes down, while with workgroup - only a single computer is out of the loop.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Feb 2015   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The primary advantage of a domain is central administration. Users have a single domain account instead of on individual computers they may use and require access to. Access to resources is centrally managed. A workgroup is suitable for a maximum of about 10 computers but depends on how they are used. On larger networks a domain is a virtual necessity.

The downside is that the domain requires that there be someone available with sufficient knowledge to configure and administer it. You will not learn this from reading a few forum posts. Entire books have been written about this. If your organization does not have such an individual it would be advisable to obtain the services of a professional who does.

Because of the central administration you have a potential single point of failure and that is not good. To avoid this you need a minimum of 2 domain controllers, all of which must be running a server OS. Needless to say backups of all data is essential. Many businesses have failed for not doing this.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

Reply

 Windows 2003 R2 switching to domain PRO'S & CONS




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
windows 7 not joining 2003 domain server
windows 7 not joining 2003standard domain server. windows xp is not giving any problems..tried changing DNS settings and done windows update, but problem not resolved.
General Discussion
Connecting Windows 7 to Windows Server 2003 Domain.
Hi there, I am testing some of our computers on our school system and got to the stage of joining it to our domain. They joined fine but the domain had never been connected to vista or windows 7 so it tried to upgrade itself. This crashed the server because it only had permission to change the...
Network & Sharing
Lost network trust on 2003 windows domain
Hi All. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter. I'm running W7 Ultimate on a network w/ 2003 Windows domain. When I first added this computer to the domain, everything worked fine for about a month. Then one morning I came into the office, tried logging in and received a...
Network & Sharing
Domain Group Policy 2003 environment & Windows 7 clients
Whenever I log in to windows 7 using my test AD account I only see 3 icons inside control panel.... When I log in to XP using the same AD account I see all the control panel icons that Im supposed to see according to my GP settings. So it looks like my GP is NOT working properly for windows 7...
System Security
Windows 7, 2003 Server Domain, Local Permission
I have just set up a computer with Windows 7, and I'm apparently missing something simple, but I just can't find it. I installed Windows 7 on the machine and everything works great. I then joined the computer to a 2003 Server domain. Everything still appeared to work fine. However, when I log...
Network & Sharing
adding windows 7 to 2003 domain
Hi I am thinking to enroll windows 7 on all the machines in our network so i bought a copy of windows 7 pro for testing and installed it and joined it to the domain and i logged on with my user account with no problem and also can get emails from exchange through outlook with no problem....
Network & Sharing


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:13.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App