To use the native methods of file and permissions you have to run to each machine and create accounts on each one. Let's say you have 20 machines and users. That's 20 accounts to be created on 20 machines or 400 times through the User management tools.
How could AD be worse than this?
Hi, I am trying to make my windows file sharing secure for my small business. I have 10 systems an I do not want to install active directory and spend hours of time trying to manage. The default sharing in windows seems to be unsecured. Any client can connect to my share or printer. Enabling user name and password and modifying acls is lot of work and complex for my small business. any suggestions?