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  • I am replacing an old 2008 SB workgroup server with 2016 WSE and because of the 20 windows HOME PCs... Domain Controller IS NOT an option.  What is the easiest way to set this server as a workgroup?  Any help is MUCH appreciated.
    Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:22 PM

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  • hi,
    If you not configure server essentials dashboard ,you can  leave your server essentials in workgroup.
    But some function based on essentials dashboard can not be used .(client backup ,anywhere access , integrate O365 etc). And we can not install exchange server on server essentials .

    we can refer below website.
    Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016 Essentials
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/0b3cd6c6-0aac-41d4-b3eb-4ec0163d24b0/exchange-server-2016-on-windows-server-2016-essentials?forum=Exch2016SD

    WSE-2016 just as a member of a workgroup
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/ie/en-US/a4c9681e-7384-4ff9-bd0f-9c8b9937ef1e/wse2016-just-as-a-member-of-a-workgroup?forum=winserveressentials

    Install and Configure Windows Server Essentials or Windows Server Essentials Experience
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-essentials/install/install-and-configure-windows-server-essentials-or-windows-server-essentials-experience#BKMK_PowerShell

    Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Domain vs. Workgroup
    https://www.itprotoday.com/windows-server/windows-server-2012-essentials-domain-vs-workgroup

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    Friday, December 21, 2018 6:51 AM
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    Monday, December 31, 2018 9:49 AM
  • I'm coming late to this thread, but as Andy mentioned, it's not really possible to run WSE standalone without severely limiting its features 

    That said, it is entirely possible to install WSE normally but run all of the clients in a workgroup instead of domain-joined. There is actually no requirement that clients be domain-joined in order to participate in client backup, access shared folders, or use Anywhere Access.

    Here is how you can install the client connector without joining your clients to the domain (this still works fine in 2016):

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/aa40963c-7235-40f7-85f5-8f8d030a7c13/how-to-skip-domain-joining-during-client-deployment-in-a-windows-server-2012-essentials-network

    There are a few minor gotchas when doing this, chiefly involving optimal DNS configuration for clients (set the server IP as primary and your router as secondary) and persisting user credentials between sessions--save credentials to Credential Manager and never log into the Launchpad (it will overwrite the credentials when you log off). But it's not really that big of a deal. Do some searching here and you will find more information.

    Good luck.


    • Edited by Gary Voth Friday, January 18, 2019 10:25 AM
    Friday, January 18, 2019 10:23 AM