Can windows SBS 2003 run in a workgroup not as a domain

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by FHK, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. FHK

    FHK Guest

    Is it possible to run SBS 2003 as a normal server, not a domain controller.
    This is needed just for file sharing. According to a MS techie, he said it
    shuts down after 7 days if SBS is not setup as a Domain controller. Is this
    Also if it works in a peer to peer network, does the PC's accessing it just
    for file sharing via mapped network drives use a CAL Licence or not. The
    reason here is there are 7 users or pc's. We need to know whether to purchase
    extra CAL's, cause SBS 2003 comes standard with 5 cals.
    The reason here is a clever end user bought a Fujitsu Server on his own
    without software, and XP Pro is not supported and no drivers are available fo
    XP Pro.
    Unlike Server 2003, SBS has many limitations, Please advise
    FHK, Apr 5, 2007
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  2. I think the initial grace period is longer than that (for setup/migration
    purposes), but once that's gone, yes it will regularly auto-shutdown.

    Access from 7 PCs by 7 people would require 7 CALs, whether it was running
    as a domain or not.
    SBS has very few limitations over WS2003, and many advantages.

    Additional limitations:

    * must be a DC (root of AD forest, and holding FSMOs)
    * no domain trusts
    * 75 CALs


    * Exchange is included
    * Sharepoint is included (and configured)
    * simplified administration (whole bunch of wizards to do legwork for you)
    * price (extreme bargain!)
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Apr 5, 2007
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  3. FHK

    FHK Guest

    Thanks, much appreciated,
    I had too many different uncertain answers from MS telephonic support.
    FHK, Apr 5, 2007
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