I have two books on Windows Server 2003 and in each of those books there is scarcely or no information about computers working in a workgroup environment.
I'm looking for a book that has at least _one_ chapter dedicated solely to the _workgroup_ environment (and, possibly, a comparison of the workgroup environment and the domain environment). If additionally, this chapter had some example scenarios or some information on how /does the user authentication process occur in the workgroup environment, that would be awesome.
It seems very hard to find any information about how Windows workgroups work. This is why I am asking for resources that discuss how workgroups work. I am not asking for opinions, just the name of a resource or a list of multiple resources that address the topics I listed above for workgroup neworking.
I would just use a more current networking technology for my small office of 4 computers, but as I understand it, the newer Windows compatible networking technologies like Active Directory require a Primary Domain Controller that controls user accounts and authentication and if it goes down (remember, small office, can't afford to buy another computer to use as a Backup DC) no one can log into their user accounts. Is this correct or am I mistaken?
So this question is two parts, both fact-based, not opinion based. Part one, what are some resources (book, webpage, etc) that meet the specifications above. Part two, is it true that the more recent Windows networking methods all require a Primary Domain Controller and if the PDC goes offline and you have no Backup DC no one can log into their accounts?
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