Peer-to-peer networks

When raising the topic of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks in recent years, you may have found people mentioning torrents or other file-sharing technologies. While there is some overlap, it is the original use of the term peer-to-peer that Microsoft will include in the exam.

A P2P network (sometimes referred to as a workgroup) is one where there is no one device that has complete control of the network and the files, services, and so on that are used on the network. The term peer refers to individuals with the same status, and that applies here. All the endpoints on the network have the same status. Every device is responsible for authenticating users and holds a security database it needs to check. This means that any user ...

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