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Hello all, My network is currently using NAT with a basic sonicwalll pro 100 firewall. I have 2 new webservers to implement. i am going to purchase a cisco 515e. This is kind of my first time setting up webservers on a network. Is it better to set them on a DMZ or have it sit behind the firewall and have the ports forwarded? all advice is appreciated.
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It is always considered best practice to put any server that is publicly accessible on a DMZ.
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How many DMZs can the Cisco 515E handle? What do you think about this setup:

Internet<------>external router<------>Webserver(DMZ)<------>Firewall<------>internal router
<------>Network
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The 515 can handle up to 6 interfaces, or 4 DMZ's

Internet
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  Router
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  PIX Outside           Whatever you want the DMZ's to be....this is just an example
            DMZ1 ----- Web servers
            DMZ2 ----- Extranet connections
            DMZ3 ----- Special purpose servers (VPN)
            DMZ4 ----- reserved for future use
   PIX inside
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    Internal network
       |
    Internal router ----- intranet WAN remote sites
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Nice description! :0)  Here is a very stupid question though: Is it possible that I could hook a cisco switch into DMZ1 to host mutliple web servers?
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Absolutely! You can connect any interface to a switch. You can have 1000 servers on any DMZ that you want...
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gotcha. This is great info. Thanks!!!
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