Windows 2003 Domains

October 31, 2011 at 06:29:40
Specs: Windows XP
Using AD adds a huge unnecessary overhead compared to the old NT style domains.

Is it possible to run non-Active Directory domains?

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October 31, 2011 at 08:32:52
No, it is not possible. Nor would it be desireable - Active Directory was a huge step forward in Domain management. It doesn't really impose a huge overhead compared to traditional NT Domains.

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October 31, 2011 at 18:28:05
I would prefer if it was left to me to determine what is desirable to run on my systems, but this idea has never really caught on with Microsoft. ... sigh

Thanks for the reply though.

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November 1, 2011 at 00:27:55
You do have the choice. You can continue to run NT or you can use an alternative Operating System. Why did you choose 2003 if you don't want to use the features it offers?

To expect Microsoft to support an obsolete Domain system alongside the much more efficient, secure, and feature-packed Active Directory is unreasonable.

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November 1, 2011 at 06:36:10
"adds a huge unnecessary overhead "

It would be interesting to see how you came to this conclusion. I suspect there is a huge deficit in understanding active directory.

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