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  1. Advise on small business setup, please

    Hi all,

    working in a small business (5 people) and have been lumbered with setting
    up a Small Business Server.

    Have installed SBS and got it working, but need a bit of advice re
    networking.

    SBS machine has 2 network cards. A wired, and Wireless. Wired has been
    assigned an dynamic IP, and has been designated to access the internet. It's
    plugged into a wireless router/modem which is at IP 192.168.2.1

    The Wireless network card is assigned a static IP of 192.168.2.102. Running
    the SBS setup wizard, I told it that this card was to access the LAN. All
    the other machines in the office have wireless n/w cards are are connected
    to the wireless router which is acting as an access point. They are able to
    connect to the server no problem.

    Is this setup sensible. Or should I have set the servers wireless card to
    act as it's own AP and got the office machines to point to that, rather than
    go through the router ? The reason I ask is that at present both n/w cards
    have the wireless router as a gateway, and it appears this is unsual enough
    for SBS to warn me about it ?

    The reason I ask is I wish to be able to access the machine from the
    intenet, and can't seem to configure it.

    Thanks in advance


  2. Re: Advise on small business setup, please

    I don't see a need for the wireless NIC in the SBS server machine. Since the
    SBS is wired to the router and your clients are wireless and have server
    access there is no need for it. Just make sure you secure the wireless
    network using a unique SSID, strong encryption like WPA2/WPA and a long
    random encryption key to preclude unauthorized access. Beyond that you might
    post SBS specific questions to the microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs news
    group.

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    "Jethro" wrote in message
    news:n4OdnZjc_4YRSYTVnZ2dneKdnZydnZ2d@bt.com...
    > Hi all,
    >
    > working in a small business (5 people) and have been lumbered with setting
    > up a Small Business Server.
    >
    > Have installed SBS and got it working, but need a bit of advice re
    > networking.
    >
    > SBS machine has 2 network cards. A wired, and Wireless. Wired has been
    > assigned an dynamic IP, and has been designated to access the internet.
    > It's plugged into a wireless router/modem which is at IP 192.168.2.1
    >
    > The Wireless network card is assigned a static IP of 192.168.2.102.
    > Running the SBS setup wizard, I told it that this card was to access the
    > LAN. All the other machines in the office have wireless n/w cards are are
    > connected to the wireless router which is acting as an access point. They
    > are able to connect to the server no problem.
    >
    > Is this setup sensible. Or should I have set the servers wireless card to
    > act as it's own AP and got the office machines to point to that, rather
    > than go through the router ? The reason I ask is that at present both n/w
    > cards have the wireless router as a gateway, and it appears this is unsual
    > enough for SBS to warn me about it ?
    >
    > The reason I ask is I wish to be able to access the machine from the
    > intenet, and can't seem to configure it.
    >
    > Thanks in advance



  3. Re: Advise on small business setup, please

    Jethro wrote:
    > Hi all,
    >
    > working in a small business (5 people) and have been lumbered with
    > setting up a Small Business Server.
    >
    > Have installed SBS and got it working, but need a bit of advice re
    > networking.
    >
    > SBS machine has 2 network cards. A wired, and Wireless. Wired has been
    > assigned an dynamic IP, and has been designated to access the
    > internet. It's plugged into a wireless router/modem which is at IP
    > 192.168.2.1
    > The Wireless network card is assigned a static IP of 192.168.2.102.
    > Running the SBS setup wizard, I told it that this card was to access
    > the LAN. All the other machines in the office have wireless n/w cards
    > are are connected to the wireless router which is acting as an access
    > point. They are able to connect to the server no problem.
    >
    > Is this setup sensible. Or should I have set the servers wireless
    > card to act as it's own AP and got the office machines to point to
    > that, rather than go through the router ? The reason I ask is that at
    > present both n/w cards have the wireless router as a gateway, and it
    > appears this is unsual enough for SBS to warn me about it ?
    >
    > The reason I ask is I wish to be able to access the machine from the
    > intenet, and can't seem to configure it.
    >
    > Thanks in advance


    Hi -

    Take the wireless card out of the SBS server - it shouldn't have it. In
    fact, in my opinion, unless you're using ISA you really ought to have a
    single NIC in the SBS box and a router/firewall appliance.

    Also - always post SBS questions in microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs. SBS
    does many things its own way - if you don't follow all the proper steps for
    setup and admin, you'll have problems - even if you've set up plenty of
    domains before. I'm setting up this reply to crosspost to the SBS group for
    your convenience.



  4. Re: Advise on small business setup, please

    Addition to Lans Suggestion
    is to buy Charlie Russel's book
    Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Administrator's Companion
    (Pro-Administrator's Companion) (Hardcover)
    http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Busi.../dp/0735622809

    Russ

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    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    wrote in message
    news:eSw7ti6qIHA.1316@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Jethro wrote:
    >> Hi all,
    >>
    >> working in a small business (5 people) and have been lumbered with
    >> setting up a Small Business Server.
    >>
    >> Have installed SBS and got it working, but need a bit of advice re
    >> networking.
    >>
    >> SBS machine has 2 network cards. A wired, and Wireless. Wired has been
    >> assigned an dynamic IP, and has been designated to access the
    >> internet. It's plugged into a wireless router/modem which is at IP
    >> 192.168.2.1
    >> The Wireless network card is assigned a static IP of 192.168.2.102.
    >> Running the SBS setup wizard, I told it that this card was to access
    >> the LAN. All the other machines in the office have wireless n/w cards
    >> are are connected to the wireless router which is acting as an access
    >> point. They are able to connect to the server no problem.
    >>
    >> Is this setup sensible. Or should I have set the servers wireless
    >> card to act as it's own AP and got the office machines to point to
    >> that, rather than go through the router ? The reason I ask is that at
    >> present both n/w cards have the wireless router as a gateway, and it
    >> appears this is unsual enough for SBS to warn me about it ?
    >>
    >> The reason I ask is I wish to be able to access the machine from the
    >> intenet, and can't seem to configure it.
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance

    >
    > Hi -
    >
    > Take the wireless card out of the SBS server - it shouldn't have it. In
    > fact, in my opinion, unless you're using ISA you really ought to have a
    > single NIC in the SBS box and a router/firewall appliance.
    >
    > Also - always post SBS questions in microsoft.public.windows.server.sbs.
    > SBS does many things its own way - if you don't follow all the proper
    > steps for setup and admin, you'll have problems - even if you've set up
    > plenty of domains before. I'm setting up this reply to crosspost to the
    > SBS group for your convenience.
    >




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