If you decide to create several workgroups, remember that a user can only log in to one at a time so only one set of resources or another can be used.
The networks on different sites can be connected together through devices called routers. For the best performance and security, you should create different workgroups at different sites. Users at one site can log in to workgroups at another site, however.
If you have NetWare(R) 2.x, 3.x or 4.x, you may prefer to use Personal NetWare to create NetWare clients only. You need to create workgroups only if you want Personal NetWare (desktop) servers. You can use Personal NetWare or NetWare commands to control NetWare.
The costs of making a computer a server are that its user may notice a performance degradation when other users are accessing it, and that the server software occupies memory while it is running. The amount of memory available to DOS applications is reduced by
Access over the network to any server is controlled by two further levels of security. Firstly, users must log in by typing a username and password (which is never displayed on the screen), and secondly every shared resource can have a list of specific users who are allowed to read and/or write it.
You can use the same username and password to log in to the network as the ones you use to start up your computer. This is referred to as ``one-time login.'' Logging in this way is easier and secure because it encrypts your password as soon as you type it. Refer to Chapter 14, ``Securing Information,'' for detailed information about the security features available on each computer and how they work.
NOTE: If you are concerned about security, give the SUPERVISOR account a password as soon as you create the first workgroup; by default, it has none.
Which Workgroup for Each Server?
Unless you have only one workgroup, you need to decide which workgroup to place each server in. You must also give this information to network users. Remember that you can change a server's workgroup at any time.
Which Printers Should Be Shared?
When you decide which printers to share, make sure you inform network users of the printer names, locations, and suggested uses.
Should Printers Be Moved?
You may want to move printers to more accessible locations before setting up the network. Any printer that needs its paper type changed often, for example, should be physically located near someone who is willing to do this.
Which Accounts Should Be Created?
The workgroups you create will probably reflect existing divisions within your organization. Remember the following when deciding which accounts to create within a workgroup: