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Dell customer support is not helping with this issue. They are asking money for the support. I cant get any info from google regarding the configuration.

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don't really know much about the device but since it arrives without knowledge of a domain existence then I'm sure it can work without AD. let me do some reading on the nx300 –  tony roth Apr 24 '11 at 15:51
    
looks like there are two additions workgroup or not, which version do you have? –  tony roth Apr 24 '11 at 16:25

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It is just windows 2008 underneath. Without AD it'll work but you'll have to sync local passwords up manually and some features eg. domain based DFS will be unavailable.

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The Dell NX300 uses Windows Storage Server 2008. Storage Server doesn't need to be joined to a domain to work, so there's no reason it can't run without active directory.

As JamesRyan mentioned, you'll be using local authentication on the NX300 then (likely a pain) or have to use some other method for authentication.

Features like SMB/CIFS file sharing and FCI will work, but you will lose domain-dependent technologies like DFS.

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