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Jethro
05-01-08, 09:32 AM
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

Sooner Al [MVP]
05-01-08, 09:47 AM
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" <jethro_uk@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> 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

Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]
05-01-08, 11:09 AM
Jethro <jethro_uk@hotmail.com> 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.

Russ \(SBITS.Biz\)
05-01-08, 02:03 PM
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-Business-Administrators-Companion-Pro-Administrators/dp/0735622809

Russ

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"Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
<lanwench@heybuddy.donotsendme.unsolicitedmailatyahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Jethro <jethro_uk@hotmail.com> 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.
>