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In our work network, we are not using Active Directory. We have Microsoft Action Pack, and a copy of System Center Essentials came with the Action Pack. I attempted to install it to use Virtual Machine Manager to manage a Microsoft Hyper-V server, but it is not allowing me to install because I am not on a domain (AD).

Is there a workaround to this issue, or am I required to register in AD to install this product?

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If you have the Action Pack, what reason do you have to not use a domain? I doubt SCVMM will authenticate connections without it. –  paradroid May 12 '11 at 17:37
    
Most of our work is done outside our office, and we didn't see a need for the trouble. At least that's what I think. I didn't set up the LAN. –  bradlis7 May 12 '11 at 18:40
    
I don't understand that, as it makes things a lot easier. Just set up a domain. Your Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise licence allows four virtual machines on one computer. There are some things to watch out for when setting up a virtualised DC, and also if you add the Hyper-V host to the domain, but this is another question. –  paradroid May 12 '11 at 18:46
    
Well, it really doesn't matter if it's better or not, that wasn't what I was asking. I'm not the Microsoft guy in our company, so it's not my choice. I wanted to know how I could get around this software issue, and it looks like it's not possible. I gave it back to the MS guy, so I'll see what happens. –  bradlis7 May 19 '11 at 20:32
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No. An active directory domain at windows 2003 functional level or above is required for SCVMM.

If you want the official word from Microsoft: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764275.aspx
"Before installing the VMM server, you must join the computer to a domain in Active Directory."

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