Server farm subnet

Posted on 2004-04-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
We have approximately 37 servers in a heterogeneous environment, Win NT 4 server, 2k server & 2003 server. Our goal is to consolidate and move to blade server and upgrade to Windows 2003/Exchange server. Hence the question; In an ideal network environment, is it recommended to keep the server farm in its own subnet and what is the best approach to consolidate 37 servers?

Thx in advanced,

Question by:Lbello
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I'll give advice on Part 1 of your question..

Yes, I would suggest the server farm be on its own subnet as those PCs are more prone to virus & hacker attacks.  This keeps your corp servers far away from threats.  You could then setup static routes in your router/firewall for your admins & webmasters or dev teams to access those machines.


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ID: 10935719

We are on a 10.1 subnet. Would a 192.168 subnet work for the server crop and are there any tools that would help with subnetting?


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aindelicato earned 250 total points
ID: 10935910
Just create the 2 different IP segments.

IP: 192.168.1.x
GW: (assuming)


IP: 10.1.1.x
GW: (assuming)

At this point you have two seperate LANS, now you can use yor router to connect them by creating a static route or you can have a PC with two NIC cards and that machine will access both LANs.

| | | | | | | | | | |
      |             |
192.168       10.1.
Router         Router
    |                |
    |                |
|||||||       |||||||
CORP          FARM

Sorry, my use of text for a diagram isn't very good.


Author Comment

ID: 10936041
The important thing is you got your message across. Besides, if I showed you our network diagram... well think of boxes connected by lines, that’s our network diagram.

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