Here's what I have: Windows Server 2008 R2 machine (for development and testing), and a few machines. There is no domain, each machine (including the server) is purely local.
For certain reasons, I think it would be benefitial to me to make my Server box a domain controller and create a new domain. My question is, how will that affect my workstations on the other end? In other words, if I add those computers to the domain, what will startup look like for those machines? (Windows 7 if that matters) Will it ask me to choose whether or not to log into the domain or the local machine?
The reason I am apprehensive about this is because my server isn't always on (like I said, it's just for dev and testing). I don't want my end user workstations in my house to go haywire because it can't find the DC.