Standalone servers can be as secure or as insecure as needs dictate. They can
have simple or complex configurations. Above all, despite the hoopla about
domain security, they remain a common installation.
If all that is needed is a server for read-only files, or for
printers alone, it may not make sense to effect a complex installation.
For example, a drafting office needs to store old drawings and reference
standards. Noone can write files to the server because it is legislatively
important that all documents remain unaltered. A share-mode read-only standalone
server is an ideal solution.
Another situation that warrants simplicity is an office that has many printers
that are queued off a single central server. Everyone needs to be able to print
to the printers, there is no need to effect any access controls, and no files will
be served from the print server. Again, a share-mode standalone server makes
a great solution.