DNS Configuration

We have come across a couple of networks that one of our competitors have setup.  They have a Windows Server setup in a workgroup versus a domain, firewall as dhcp server, and dns on the PC's is the ISP DNS servers.  No Active Directory setup and customers have no folder security.  One customer was just password protecting files he was saving.  

Am I missing something as to why they would set things up this way?

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
My guess is they don't know what they are doing.

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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
I don't think you are missing something - I think your 'competitor' if you can class them as competition, are missing a thing or two, like knowledge about computing for a start!
I agree with leew; for someone to actually purchase a Server 2003 license and not use an Active Directory domain, well that sounds ridiculous to me.
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jbarton221Author Commented:
Well that is what I thought and it was one of those things you come across multiple times and keep thinking why would they do this.  I also can't believe they are doing it in a couple of the environments they have setup.

Thanks for the replies.  I'll bet I get a few more :-)
i have actually run across some apps that won't install/run if it detects the server as a DC or the pc on a domain.

as for the dhcp/dns---i would guess uneducated or unfamiliar with out to use dhcp/dns within server 2003.
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
It's a bit like buying a car and using it for storage space not transportation!
jbarton221Author Commented:
One customer has 2 Win 2K3 servers.  One using for file sharing and Quickbooks and the other for an application.  
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
I expect they persuade them to but a server (or two), plus server software but then neither the customer nor the IT company have any idea beyond that about what to do or how to set things up.

A case of the blind being led by the technically incompetent!!
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
If they do not have a domain then its acceotable to have the machines pointing directly to the ISP for DNS, that said it seems silly to buy windows servers and not set-up a domain.

I concur with the other comments - they don't have a clue !
jbarton221Author Commented:
Thanks for all your replies.
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