Small Business Server 2008 configured as workgroup

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Ethan, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. Ethan

    Ethan Guest

    I just installed Small Business Server 2008 and during install I was asked
    for my domain name (no option for workgroup.) Thinking I could simply change
    it later I kept going. Now when I go to change the domain to join a
    workgroup all this area is greyed out and does not allow a change. Is there
    a way to setup SBS2008 as a workgroup machine? I don't mind re-installing if
    needed. Please let me know.
     
    Ethan, Dec 8, 2009
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  2. Active Directory is at the heart of SBS. This is a product that was never
    intended to run as a workgroup. Out of curiosity, being you have the
    server, why would you *want* to use it in a workgroup configuration? There
    is no benefit...

    -Cliff
     
    Cliff Galiher, Dec 8, 2009
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  3. Not possible. If you wanted a plain old file server you should've bought
    W2008 (or Linux). As Cliff asked, why would you want to cripple this even if
    you could? If you aren't an IT guy and this is for your business, consider
    getting a consultant in to help you out. Despite the marketing hype this is
    a pretty complex product (AD, Exchange, DNS, etc etc etc) and it isn't
    something you should try to run on a toaster-oven.
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Dec 8, 2009
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  4. Ethan

    dbarroco Guest

    Not that i know of. It's prepared to create an Active Directory and install a
    mail server, so i order for those 'backdoor' wizards to complete setup they
    have to have a domain name along with it.

    Just give it a testing.local name. It's an internal domain name.
     
    dbarroco, Dec 8, 2009
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  5. Ethan

    Eliseo Viale Guest

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    Eliseo Viale, Oct 23, 2010
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  6. Ethan

    Eliseo Viale Guest

    Normall installation with Domain
    Uninstall Exchange Server 2007
    If you have problem enter with another S.O and
    rename folder containing Microsoft\ExchangeServer
    Deactivate Active Directory Certified Services
    Remove Active Directory Certified Services

     
    Eliseo Viale, Oct 23, 2010
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  7. Ethan

    Eliseo Viale Guest

    Normall installation with Domain
    Uninstall Exchange Server 2007
    If you have problem enter with another S.O and
    rename folder containing Microsoft\ExchangeServer
    Deactivate Active Directory Certified Services
    Remove Active Directory Certified Services
    Go to DOS (with administrator rights), write DCPROMO
    and ENTER
    This will drop down Domain and poste Windows Server 2008 SBS in WORKGROUP with "Administrator" User.
    What you want is realizable. I hope that these few notes you
    can help.

    It excuses my English.

    Eliseo



     
    Eliseo Viale, Oct 23, 2010
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  8. Not supported, won't work, a violation of the license for SBS, and besides
    all that, it will reboot every hour. NOT what you want. SBS MUST BE A
    DOMAIN, and MUST HOLD ALL FSMO ROLES. Full stop. Get over it.

    --
    Charlie.
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/Russel


     
    Charlie Russel-MVP, Oct 24, 2010
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