As noted in Chapter 13, Windows 2000 is all about networking; most of the world's Windows 2000 Pro computers are connected to a network in some way. Big corporate networks require the purchase of Windows 2000 Server, a computer or two that do nothing but run the network, and the services of a professional network guru.
If you're running a small business—or even a household—on Windows 2000, however, you're still invited to the network party. Without having to buy extra computers, operating systems, or staff, you can create a smaller, less complex kind of network called a peer-to-peer network. It's ideal for setting up several PCs to perform the convenience tricks that make networks so attractive:
Opening drives and folders on one computer while seated at another.
Sharing a single printer among all of your computers.
Installing programs from shared CD-ROMs.
Sharing a single Internet connection.
Running your own personal intranet Web server (that is, create a "Web site" that only the other machines on your network can visit).
Backing up your files to a single network tape or disk drive.
Venting your aggressions on your family and co-workers with multiplayer games.
Once you get used to having a network in your home or office, you'll wonder how you ever lived ...