Several years ago I installed a Windows 2008 server and 8 PCs in a workgroup. Since then the client PCs have all been upgraded to Windows 7 Pro and the network has grown from the original 8 PCs to 23 and five network printers - all still configured as a workgroup.
The server has one common "file share" that about half of the users access occasionally. The printers are accessed directly - no "printer shares" are used. 95% of the time users access applications hosted in "the cloud".
After adding three more PCs a month ago there were several times in the last month when about half of the PCs lost their connections to the internet. After a while things were fine for over a week.
I'm wondering if there is a chance this problem is related to the size of the Workgroup and if there would be benefits in installing a Domain Controller.
I looked all over and couldn't find any answer to this question anywhere in documentation or definitively in discussion groups! I've had people tell me this was definitely a sign I needed Active Directory.