Although Windows allows you to connect with everything but the kitchen sink (and I hear that Microsoft is working on this), we’ll focus only on the networking tools Microsoft has invented and provides. If you’ve got a good handle on the theory behind Windows networking, you’ll be better able to troubleshoot it when it’s not working. (It’s always nice to know what you’re looking for with the flashlight.) Not surprisingly, there are actually several components to a successful Windows network (I’ll define these further as we go along):
Naming services (WINS/NetBIOS, DNS)
Authentication services (NT Domain, Active Directory Domain, or Workgroup Sharing)
File and print services (SMB)
As you might expect, running a peer-to-peer ...