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How dependant are networked workstations on a server?

I would like to implement Active Directory on a small network consisting of four computers. All four of these computers will run Windows XP. The master computer will not be running at all times. Can this be done without running Windows Server 2003 on the master computer? And will the network still function without the server computer running at all times?

I would like to implement Active Directory on a small network consisting of four computers. All four of these computers will run Windows XP. The master computer will not be running at all times. Can this be done without running Windows Server 2003 on the master computer? And will the network still function without the server computer running at all times?
Active Directory requires at least one domain controller running Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 to be accessible by workstations at all times. If you only have Windows XP workstations available, you can run in what is called a peer-to-peer environment.
This was first published in November 2005

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