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Mastering Windows Network Forensics and Investigation, 2nd Edition by Scott Pearson, Ryan Johnson, Steve Bunting, Steven Anson

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Chapter 2: The Microsoft Network Structure

Explain the difference between a domain and a workgroup as it relates to a network investigation. Domains are centrally managed collections of computers that rely on a network infrastructure that includes domain controllers. Computers participating in a domain surrender much of their autonomy in order to benefit from centralized administration. Domains enforce common policies and maintain a list of domain-wide accounts on the domain controllers.
Workgroups are simply independent computers that are grouped together for purposes of sharing information. Each machine is essentially an island unto itself, with its own accounts, policies, and permissions. The local Administrator account is the ultimate authority ...

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