In the context of a Microsoft Windows computer network, a stand-alone server is a server that does not belong to or govern a Windows domain; the server may, however, belong to a workgroup (a peer-to-peer network of Microsoft Windows computers).
This definition could also apply to any non-virtualized singular instance operating system running on dedicated hardware, usually rack mounted. The operating system need not only be Microsoft windows but can include IBM AIX, RedHat Linux, Oracle Solaris and many other operating system. The definition is not exclusive to windows.
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