|I apologize for the lack of details, this is my first time posting.|
The domain I downgraded to a workgroup was for our local office network. It is completely separate from the main company network which is managed by corporate IT. The two networks are geographically separated by about 4,000 miles.
Corporate IT considers our local network as a rogue (i.e. not part of their backbone) and hence provide little support.
The local network is used to share resources amongst a team of seven. I therefore have some flexibility in configuring the local network (within budgetary constraints).
Thank you addressing my question, and please let me know if I should amplify further.