My windows server 2003 crashed the other day and this is a good excuse to upgrade or maybe go virtual. I have a domain in an office with about 10 users, and we only use the serve to log in to active directory and share files, etc.
I am using it for DHCP and was using the DNS, but I can get my router to do that or go static. Also, I set the DNS on each of the workstations to the Comcast DNS so we have internet. So that brings me to my two part question: how long can I survive without the server (AD) in place - will the workstations need to re-authenticate in the near future? and second, do I need to replace the server with a local one, or has anyone used the MS Azure virtual services with any success to replace this functionality?