Do I need to install Active Directory?
Posted on 2005-04-03
I am setting up a Windows 2003 standard edition server to replace a windows nt server. They need to replace it is because mas90 doesn't support nt servers anymore, altho it's strictly a file-sharing operation, not client server.
The site has 6 users, who basically need the server only for file sharing. They will also replace their win98 computers with xp pro computers. They have no client/server apps, only file sharing for the mas90 accounting package. They have two user groups.
They have no in-house network admin, and don't have a static ip address for remote support.
I have read several references on 2003 that recommend ADO "for all but the smallest environments", altho they don't describe what they consider these environments to be. Other references seem to assume ADO as a given for w2003, altho they're also assuming the workload will be greater.
So based on the above factors, my question is: do I really need to install Active Directory services, since the benefits it offers will not be used in a single server environment with 6 users. In this environment, ADO seems to offer complexity without benefits.