One network, two businesses

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Rosewood, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    Situation: I have two clients that are merging offices into one local
    office. They want to share the same server (and costs) but want to keep
    everything seperate.

    I'm looking for ideas on how to do this and what pitfalls I should try to
    avoid. Some concerns I've come up with...

    *For the users shared folders, I am going to deny the other office's
    security group for every new user I add. Is there a way to automate this
    process?
    *On the sharepoint site, is there a way to deny access to certain sections
    based on the user's group membership?
    *How do I manage multiple domain names for email?

    I've never done this before (always just one group on a server) and I'd like
    any advice possible.
     
    Rosewood, Jan 24, 2006
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  2. You can't really expect to do this really. Are the businesses
    actually merging or separate businesses? If separate then it is in
    their best interests to have separate networks/servers.

    Andrew.
     
    Andrew Hodgson, Jan 24, 2006
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  3. You are describing a hosting scenario.

    While this is possible, it is not advisable due to inflated cost of
    administration.

    We can support multiple companies, if segmented through OUs, but this will
    be rather cumbersome and require enterprise security expertise to maintain.
    Before you begin, ask yourself this question - is it worth saving the $2000
    or so compared to maintaining a custom architecture? Before you implement
    anything like this, try it in a lab. You will probably lose some of the
    SBSness in the process.

    Here is one way to get started:
    http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Shared_Hosting_Exchange_2003_Part1.html
    (and part 2 is more relevant for your needs)
     
    Leonid S. Knyshov, Jan 24, 2006
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  4. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    Yes you can. It is done all of the time in organizations where you have sub
    companies or sub organizations or sub divisions. For example, a doctor's
    office where you have multiple doctors + staff all working off the same AD.

    I'll go ahead and not give up so easily but thanks.
     
    Rosewood, Jan 24, 2006
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  5. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    No, hosting is not what I am talking about.

    Two seperate businesses that together still use the resources of one server
    sitting in their office. Both having their own hardware would be massive
    overkill. However, for security reasons, you want to seperate things. This
    is no different then seperating two groups.

    So think of it like this "I have two groups in one company I want to keep as
    seperated as possible ... how"

    And then we talk about all the things that would need to be seperated.
     
    Rosewood, Jan 24, 2006
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  6. Did you have a chance to review those articles?

    They provide exact advice how to achieve what you want, which is OU-level
    separation complete with separate GALs etc. The reason why I mentioned
    hosting is because logically that is what it is and because this thread will
    be searched for in the future and the information is valid for both
    scenarios.

    I know exactly what you meant. :)
     
    Leonid S. Knyshov, Jan 25, 2006
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