Different Workgroups on Different NICs

Unleashed

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#1
At work we have two workgroups -Contracts and then Wokrgroup for the rest of the company. For security reasons, Contracts is kept seperate, and connected to the internet. However, a user on that workgroup now needs access to the both workgroups, but is there a way to set each NIC (there are 2 in his machine) to have a different workgroup?
 

Electronic Punk

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#2
the workgroup isn't specified on the nic itself, its changed under system properties. Simplest solution would be two machines I guess?

Not really got alot of experience with workgroups at the moment, deal more with domains - or changing workgroups is just one reboot away.
 

Johnny

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#3
you should be able to connect to both workgroups. With my home network I had towo workgroups up and running. All Pc's on the network could connect to them.
 

LeeJend

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#4
Let me get this straight. Are they 2 seperate LANs (which explains the 2 NIC cards) or one LAN with 2 Workgroups on it? It sounds like 2 seperate LANs.

Simplest way to access both is to set the machine up with 2 user logins. One on each Workgroup. Then make a shared data folder that both logins have access to.

Note: If anyone every bridges the two NIC cards on that machine your security system just went down the crapper.
 

j79zlr

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#5
Workgroups are not really anything, there is no seperation between them, just a way to organize the networked PC's. As long as they are both in the same subnet, they are accessible by anyone in the network. If they are two different domains, then that is different.
 

LeeJend

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#6
Workgroups allow you to restrict access to members of the workgroup. Each computer in the workgroup has a security database creating a peer to peer network. If each computer doesn't have the security set up for the workgroup access restrictions then it is meaningless.

A domain has a centralized account/security database controlled by system administrator.

The localized (verses centralized) security restriction is the whole point of a workgroup. Each computer should be set up to list the machines allowed.

Back to my original comment. I'm not real sure Unleashed told us how the system is really setup. Or if his company really understands what is going on...
 

j79zlr

Glaanies script monkey
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#7
LeeJend said:
Workgroups allow you to restrict access to members of the workgroup. Each computer in the workgroup has a security database creating a peer to peer network. If each computer doesn't have the security set up for the workgroup access restrictions then it is meaningless.
Actually it is user based, not workgroup based. E.g. \\pc1\user1 is allowed to access everything \\pc2\user1 is allowed to access, and denied access to everything \\pc2\user1 is restricted from. It has nothing to do with workgroups.
 

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