As a newbie to SP / AD, could someone give me a bit of advice..
I need to set up a Sharepoint site, primarily for collaboration with people working in other countries. Our network doesn't have a domain, all the PCs are just in a workgroup. I know that Sharepoint needs AD for user control but does AD definitely need a DNS server?
We would like Sharepoint to be accessible on sharepoint.company.com (via externally-hosted DNS) but does AD have to have a DNS server in order to function correctly? I can set up a company.local domain or a sub-domain of company.com on our internal DNS server and allow the Sharepoint/AD server to update it. Then, I assume I can set up host-headers or whatever so that the sites are accessible on the main URL..?
I suppose the main question is does AD definitely need DNS and, if so, can I point it at it's own little domain that nobody else will see?