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Windows 7 and IPv6: Useful at Last?

Dec 23, 2009, 17:32 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"However, before switching your small network to HomeGroup, there are several possible “gotchas” to keep in mind. First, generally speaking HomeGroup is a Windows 7 only technology. Without manually setting up a Windows 7 system as a mini-server in its own right, non-Windows 7 systems will be unable to access a HomeGroup PC’s resources.

"While you can set up a HomeGroup PC to share its resources with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X, and even Linux systems, it’s not easy to do. If you need to go to that much trouble to share resources, you’re better off using real servers, such as Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Linux running Samba.

"You should also keep in mind that while you can join a HomeGroup with any edition of Windows 7, you can only create one in Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise. So, in short, you can’t use it as drop-in replacement for an existing Windows XP peer-to-peer Workgroup network in which every PC shares all its resources with the others."

This should help admins who have to make Windows play nice on their networks--ed.

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