Domain Controller and Workgroup

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Subject: Domain Controller and Workgroup
Posted by:  Stewart Berman (saberman@nospam.nospam)
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009

I have a testbed LAN.  The same userids are used on a number of differently configured workstations
with different versions of MS development and office tools.  They are therefore part of a workgroup
and not joined to a domain which simplifies things.  One of the testbed systems is a Windows Server
2008 system.

I need to install Windows Server 2008 R2 on the server test machine as a domain controller because
some of the software I need to use requires a DC, DNS and Active Directory.

Is it possible to get the Server box and the workstations in the workgroup to talk to each other --
that is to be able to access shares on each other without corrupting the profiles on the
workstations?

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