Server 2012 DNS without Active Directory
Posted on 2014-12-22
I have a client who currently has an SBS server. This is obviously a domain controller, but since the installation of that server, the client has replaced all user PCs with non domain joined workstations. Shares on the existing server are accessed by username and password when clicking a share, and credentials are saved.
I am installing a new 2012 R2 server, and the client wishes to retain non domain joined clients. (Don't ask me why, but he is insistent on that.)
I supplied the new server, and created local users and groups and shared the documents on the new server and all was going well.
At this point the old server was still providing DHCP and DNS services to the clients.
Finally I wanted the new server to take over the DHCP and DNS roles.
I installed both of these roles, and disabled the two services on the old server.
I configured a zone called "abc.local" on the new server to match the previous AD domain name. I created an A record (abcserver) in this zone for the new server. I configured DHCP to allocate addresses, giving the new server as DNS, and "abc.local" as the DNS suffix.
I went to one existing PC, did ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew and also rebooted the PC.
After this I could ping abcserver without any problems, the correct address was resolved and the pings succeeded. However, if I entered \\abcserver into the run box, I could not see the shares on the server.
How do I fix this? Do I need to setup AD, even if no other devices will join the domain, or is there a way to get DNS / filesharing working correctly without AD?
If I do need to upgrade to AD, can I migrate the existing local users or do I need to create them all again?
Thanks for your help.