Run Win2003 SBS as standalone workgroup server?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by bill allemann, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. I may have mistakenly bought win2003sbs. We have a little 3 person LAN and
    I just need a workgroup file server function and don't need Exchange, etc.
    I did the install and it didn't seem to offer any option to creating a
    domain server.

    Someone told me I could run something called DCPromo and disable/remove
    Active Directory, thereby demoting the server to standalone mode.
    Someone else said SBS won't run this way at all.

    The machine was just set up so there is no user info, etc to worry about
    saving, so I could reinstall, if necessary.

    Can SBS run as a standalone server?
    bill allemann, Dec 18, 2007
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  2. Nope. Has to be a domain controller.

    You can just flip the workgroup name on the local workstations to match
    the domain name and use pass through authentication.
    Susan Bradley, Dec 18, 2007
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  3. Don't do that.
    Listen to that person.
    Susan Bradley, Dec 18, 2007
  4. bill allemann

    Steve Guest

    SBS must be setup as a domain controller with an active directory domain.
    Once setup it can't be demoted with dcpromo.
    Steve, Dec 18, 2007
  5. If all you wanted was a central file repository, maybe you should consider a
    NAS device like the Iomega StorCenter. Hang it on your existing LAN, set up
    its workgroup name, and other PCs on that workgroup that are properly
    configured for File and Printer Sharing can see the device and its contents.
    The device will also allow you to set up individual shares accessible by
    user ID and password. Some models even allow you to hang one or two USB
    printers from it, making them networked printers. And Iomega's units start
    at around $200. There are many manufacturers out there with NAS products.
    They will give you the file sharing capabilities you want in a three-PC P2P
    network without the extra overhead of a server that nobody wants to use.

    Charles Lavin, Dec 18, 2007
  6. I don't think you made a mistake at all.

    You can do what the others suggest, however if you do you won't have:

    Shared Calendars
    Shared Email
    Shared Contact Lists
    Backup of My Document Folders
    Auto Updating with WSUS
    Get a Third Party Anti Virus like Trend SMB and you can centralize your
    Antivirus Solution.

    In addition You have
    Web Based Email through OWA
    Remote Desktop Connections with RWW
    (Won't have to pay for PC anywhere or anything like that.)

    And a Web Portal with SharePoint 2.0
    You can use the Calendar for a company Calendar on who's on vacation and a
    global place to put shared Work Documents and Shared Announcements.
    This along with the ability to Connect to Windows Mobile Phones, and Shared
    Fax Services...

    Are you sure you couldn't use anything like this in your company?
    I have clients that only have 2 people and LOVE SBS!

    Why Not Hook it up correctly and Take Advantage of all these things?
    SBS is a Wonderful Product it would be a shame not to take advantage of all
    these things since you already have it.



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    Russ \(SBITS.Biz\), Dec 18, 2007
  7. bill allemann

    GeraldF Guest

    Plus you get great support from this newsgroup!!
    GeraldF, Dec 18, 2007
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