I want to install the stand alone sharepoint 2013 version to do some testing.

But the docs say "You cannot use this method on a domain controller or in a workgroup environment"- What does that mean?

I just want to install it on one station and then connect to it from another station (neither station will be joined to a domain). Is this not possible with the stand alone install?

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That means, you cannot install the SharePoint on the Domain Controller or on a workgroup PC (which is not part of Domain). This type of deployment is not supported by MSFT, that means you will not get support from MSFT in cases of issue.

There are many known issues when you install SharePoint on Domain Controller

  • User Profile & MySites will not work
  • You will see unseen issue with Search
  • One of the error: ErrorCode:SubStatus: Service running under Network Service account in workgroup environment is not supported
  • Security Issue.
  • Service Packs, Infrastructure updates, hot fixes and the like all require the SharePoint Technologies wizard to be re-run on every server in the farm. The wizard assumes that the local WSS_* groups already exist and that certain permissions are already in place. Being on a Domain Controller can have unexpected results.
  • Reporting Services and other wizards run expecting local services which do not exist on a DC.
  • You will not be able to use Document Conversion at all. There is no work around or a resolution to this.

But one thing, it is supported by the Developer's machine (only on Domain Controller).


  • Well I don't care about official support (I'm just testing). Will I not be able to have a non domain joined stand alone sharepoint server connect with a non-domain joined win 8 client? Its not officially supported- OK, but is it possible or will it just not work at all? Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 20:33
  • U mean installing share point on non domains server?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 20:34
  • YES I got 2012 R2 server and a win 8 client with IPs on the same subnet and thats it- actually their not even really "workgrouped". Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 20:35
  • Still you can install the SharePoint( as there are workaround for it), and test it.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 20:47

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