Is it possible to connect to a Windows Server 2012 Essentials without having to create a new user login for Windows?

I want to just take someones Windows 8 machine and connect it to the server to allow it to access the database without having to have them have to create a new Windows login account to access it.

We have a Windows Server 2012 Essentials domain and a home-grown client/server application that uses SQL Server 2012 as its backend. That backend requires Windows authentication. For that reason, I have created both domain and corresponding SQL Server security accounts for a specific set of users.

I'd like these users to be able to authenticate/join the domain for the sole purpose of gaining access to the backend database. I'd prefer that the other side effects of domain joining, such as a new desktop login, not happen.

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    This depends on which SQL database application you're using, and how it's configured. At the very least, you will need to configure a user account in the database for the user. – Iszi Jul 31 '14 at 18:51

Assuming there's nothing in your app preventing this, a user should be able to authenticate to the application using the format domain-name\username for the username, e.g. If I had an account on the example domain and my username there was robm then I would use example\robm.

This does not require them to join their PC to the domain, though frankly that is likely to be a better idea in the long run.

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