DFSR and sql mirroring without Domain

Hello,

I know the title would make you all say "duh, you need a domain" but I'm trying to find ideas on what I need to do based on my current situation.

I currently have two servers setup that contain regulated data.  
-  Primary server is Primary DC, sql, web and DFSR server
- Secondary server is Secondary DC, sql, web and DFSR server.  SQL database from primary would be restored from primary's backup if primary went down, web would be turned on if primary went down and DFSR replicates back and forth.
- The only reason they are on their own domain, of which they are the only computers, is because of sql mirroring and dfsr.

I inherited these servers and I really see no reason to have a domain for just these two because there must be workgroup ways of accomplishing the DRSR and possible sql mirroring I want to emplace on the new replacement servers.

If anyone out there has any recommendations, please let me know as I'd love to hear your ideas and wisdom.

Thanks,
soadminAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
There are not workgroup ways of accomplishing what you want. You say "I see no reason" but don't back it with any foundation. I can claim I see no reason for a lot of things "I see no reason I can't fill my car with diesel... it's all gasoline after all" but doing so would kill my car. My ill applied logic wouldn't get me far.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I see no reason NOT to use a domain... why would you want to use a workgroup?  What advantages do you see in a workgroup, other than complicating your life and potentially making the company more dependent on IT staff?
soadminAuthor Commented:
I'm looking for ideas to see if anyone has ever run into this.  Like, if someone used a third party application like goodsync etc etc to sync between the two servers for DRSR and was able to use sql mirroring within sql....i seem to recall an article I found saying they did it, but didn't read much into it since I wasn't at the point of having to emplace new servers.

If anyone out there has some useful ideas or information, I would greatly appreciate it.  My gut feeling is that I'll have to keep the domain going and just replace servers.
soadminAuthor Commented:
Hi Lee,

Yeah, I agree and yours and Cliff's remarks are starting to confirm my gut feeling that keeping the domain may be the way to go.
Deepak ChauhanSQL Server DBACommented:
You should be able to use FQDN between domains and it will work if the Principal and Mirror can successfully communicate with each other. You have to configure the Firewall and allow the mirroring port also (default mirroring port is 5022). You can set up Certificate based database mirroring.

Here is step by step link
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms191140.aspx

Configure Database mirroring in workgroup environment.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/suhde/archive/2009/07/13/step-by-step-guide-to-configure-database-mirroring-between-sql-server-instances-in-a-workgroup.aspx

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