What is a Stand-alone Server: Article Summary
This hub will contain the definition of a stand-alone server, Domain Controller and Member Servers. It will also discuss the difference between a stand-alone server and a member server, as well as how Stand-alone Server works.
Table of Contents
- What is a Server in a Network: Types and Kinds of Servers
- What is a Home Network and What is a Home Server in Networking
- What is a Computer Server and What is a Computer Server Used for
- What is a Proxy Server or a Web Proxy and How does it Work
- What is a Database Server and What is a Database Server Used For
- What is a DNS Server, DNS Server Address, Errors and DNS Caching
- What is a File and Print Server: Definition and Differences
- What is Communication Server in a Network: Meaning and Definition
- What is a Directory Server, Directory Service and Active Directory
- What is an Application Server and What is an Application Server Used for
- What is a Web Server, What is a Web Server Used For, How Web Server work
- What is a Catalog Server: Find Global Catalog Server
- What is a Game Server, Dedicated Server, Listen Server, and Peer to Peer
Definition of a Stand-alone Server, Domain Controller and Member Servers
Based on the name itself, stand-alone server is a kind of server in a network that is not dependent to others but is independent to itself. Domain Controller is the main server inside the Network and it may hold many servers inside its domain which are called Member Servers. The main difference of a Stand-alone Server to Member Server is that Stand-alone Servers are not connected to Domain Controllers, so it cannot access the Domain Controller applications, data’s and information or anything that it offers. That is why the applications that are used in stand-alone servers are directly installed and configured on it. Domain Controller and member servers are mostly used in a complex and large networks, which username and password authentications are being saved and checked in the Domain Controller. It just shows that databases of the network are also saved in the Domain Controller and the log in process authentication of every user is a responsibility of a Domain Controller, whereas in a Stand-alone server it works more like a work-group. Any other computer or users can have an access to it provided they know the username and password of the server. They do not have specific username and password to remotely access the server, unlike that of the Domain Controller it provides their own users it specific username and password.
What is the Main Function of a Stand-alone Server and How does it Works
Sometimes, the most confusing question especially for those who study Computer Science and related studies is whether the Stand-alone Server is considered a Member Server too. So to clarify this, Stand-alone Servers are not Member Servers, because Member Server are only those that are under the Domain Controller. The main function of a Stand-alone Server is to segregate certain tasks that way much better if it is not connected to Doman Controller. Some of the reason for this is to lessen the network traffic and increase the speed within the network. So by segregating those certain tasks, some work can be done faster without too much hassle. Stand-alone Server works, as said, like that of a workgroup. All the computers that are connected to it can access its resources provided they have a right authentication credentials for server log in.
muhammed on October 03, 2015:
can you convert a standalone server to domain controller?why?