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What are the pros and cons of running an ASP.NET web application in a domain (having domain controllers etc)

Edit Is it possible to scale up to a Server Farm without a domain? yes

Pros:

1) Easier to Manage Permissions/Access across machines?

Cons:

1) Requires additional machines/expertise (domain controller and possibly a backup)

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You don't need to run a domain to do a farm but I guess it will simplify your set-up a little in respect of permissions etc as you've said. You'll still need to do the usual MachineKeys syncing etc between servers to handle scenarios where requests are jumping between servers.

It's generally not recommended by MS to have your public facing web (or DB servers) also acting as DC's although I've done it on a number of occasions where we had limited resources and never had any issues.

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