Does Server 2008 Require Active Directory?
Posted on 2012-03-26
Can Server 2008 R2 be configured as a Workgroup server without active directory? If it does require AD, does that mean I need to use that server as a domain controller and have a backup domain controller?
I currently have SBS 2003 running on a 3+ year old Dell PowerEdge R300. When I set-up this system I have 4 different users, a web server, and a BDC. I also used SBS Exchange for my email. My office situation has changed and the web server and BDC are now gone. I use Google Apps for email and use both Exchange and Outlook 2010 /POP3 to access my accounts.
I have an unused PE 2950 that has 2008 R2 installed. I would love to simplify my IT infrastructure. Years ago I had a W2K server running in Workgroup mode. My server and desktops all had fixed IP addresses and the users were assigned to different groups with different permissions. I have so few users, is it possible to go back to a Workgroup mode using 2008 R2? Would I need to use Active Directory?
Please let me know if you have any questions.