I have a small setup of around ~30 computers [some of which are located at a remote office] that I need to get migrated over from a workgroup to a domain to maintain my sanity. The previous admin didn't mind managing things this way, but keeping track of specific passwords, etc for various machines is driving me insane.
Anyway, we have a fileserver running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard. With the current setup each person has their username/password for their workstation, and a matching username/password on the server for permissions to different shares, etc. We don't run much of anything special, people just need to be able to access their shares.
My main question is this: If I deploy Active Directory on the server [making it the domain controller] will it be possible for the computers that are still using workgroup settings with their local workstation + local server accounts to continue to function in the same manner until I get that workstation migrated to the domain? Especially considering the remote office [in another state and no on-staff IT guy] I don't want to try to get AD going and run into a situation where nobody can get anything done.