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peer-to-peer networks and servers

by greenprint / January 31, 2012 2:10 PM PST


I am very new to the IT industry, and I am wondering if you could create a peer-to-peer network and configure a file server and print server. Do you just go to Manage Your Server on the host computer? And then add the rest of the computers to the local network?

The reason why I am asking is that I thought that servers are used only in a client-server scenario in a domain.

Could you go over the steps in creating a peer-to-peer network with a file and print server?

Thank you.

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Re: network
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 31, 2012 6:38 PM PST will give some nice links about setting up a home network. If you have that, you can share files and printers across PC's that are up and running.

Basically, it's telling each PC what resources to share. Then other PC's in the LAN will find them.

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using a server
by greenprint / January 31, 2012 11:52 PM PST
In reply to: Re: network

I guess my real question is can you use "Manage Your Server" or "Configure Your Server Wizard" in setting up a peer-to-peer network. I tried researching all over the internet (like google and Microsoft Technet) and I can't get an answer to this question. I need to configure a print server and I assume I need to use something like "Manage Your Server".

I am trying to configure the host in providing printing and file sharing services.

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Why not use the links I provided?
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 1, 2012 12:06 AM PST
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I've always done it like that.

I've never even seen a "Manage your server" or "Configure your server" wizard in Windows XP. That only exists is Windows Server versions, but that's a different OS.


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By definition a peer to peer ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 1, 2012 3:29 AM PST

network has no servers - all computers on the network are peers.

if you want to set up a file and print server you will need to set it up on a machine running a server OS.

You can set up file and printer sharing on a p2p network but that isn't what you asked about.

You could get a (or some) network printers that simply connect to the router or network hub that then have a dedicated IP address on the network and let it manage itself.

You could set up one of the peer computers as the one that all users share files from and configure each machine so it saves files to that computer's drive. Keep in mind here that if all users are going to be updating the same files the application will have to be one that allows such because most applications not designed for dedicated appliction serving will not allow simultaneous use of a file.

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