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Can Windows Server 2003 be implemented without Active Directory?

A user wants to know if he can implement Windows Server 2003 without the presence of Active Directory.

Q: Can Windows Server 2003 be implemented without Active Directory? 

A: Yes. A Windows 2003 server can be a standalone server, can run DHCP, can run WINS, can run DNS and most any other application without being in a domain. It can also be part of a Windows 2000 domain. If you want a centralized authentication and management solution you will want AD, but if you don't need that just use Windows 2003 without AD.

This was last published in August 2005

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