Win2008 - Network Scenario

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Bodwa, May 9, 2008.

  1. Bodwa

    Bodwa Guest

    Hi, I've been having a play around with Windows 2008 in a test network.

    I don't have a great deal of knowledge with Microsoft Server, so i've come
    here to seek advice and assistance.

    What i'm aiming for is a small domain network, which provides active domain
    services and remote vpn access, i don't even have a broad knowledge of this
    but just a general idea.

    The network consists of

    ADSL Modem/Router ---> Switch ----> Multiple XP Pro machines & 1 Win2008
    Server acting as domain controller.

    I've read that in order for VPN access then the server needs a NIC connected
    to the modem and a NIC connected to the switch? is this true, or can the
    Server be connected to the switch along with the workstations.

    Any help and assistance would be greatly appreciated.
    Bodwa, May 9, 2008
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  2. Bodwa

    Bill Grant Guest

    Two NICs in the server is the standard setup - one connected to the LAN
    and one connected to the Internet.

    If your server is behind a router, you can set up VPN on the server
    (with one NIC) and use port forwarding on the router to enable VPN over the
    Internet. The remote client connects to the router but the router forwards
    the traffic to the VPN server on the LAN.

    Having said that, it is a bad idea to use a domain controller as a
    remote access server. It causes all sorts of odd problems with name
    resolution and browsing.
    Bill Grant, May 9, 2008
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  3. Hello Bodwa,

    Do not multihome a Domain controller, will create a lot problems. Better
    use for VPN and Remote access a member server.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber, May 9, 2008
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