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Hi everyone.

I am a newbie to network administration world. I am starting my own home business and I am setting up a small network with 5 laptop workstations and a 2K3 server is the plan. I currently; for now until I can upgrade, have a Linksys Wireless Router and DSL connection for Internet. I was wondering if this hardware configuration will be easy to setup or special considerations will need to be considered and if that is the case what those might be.

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Seems like an easy enough setup, especially if the laptops have wireless cards in them.

1st major thing to watch out for is what device is going to run DHCP, if you want to setup AD, DNS, and DHCP on the 2k3 box then you'll want to disable DHCP for the linksys router.


Personally I would do this:

Setup Linksys with static internal IP address, (choose a non-routable like 192.168.x.x), setup your 2k3 box with a static address and use the linksys's IP as default gateway   [ Linksys = 192.168.1.1  /  2k3 192.168.1.2 ]

Setup 2k3 for DHCP, DNS, AD  (if you want)   and then set the laptops to get on the wireless linksys  (your using WEP arn't you?)   The laptops will get the IP's from the DHCP on the 2k3 box.

Like I said the major thing I see most often is more than 1 DHCP on the same network (ie linksys and 2k3 box both trying to give out IP's).

You can also do this with a wireless card in the 2k3 box, but I'd hard wire it with cat-5 if you can,  just makes things that much simpler.

Other than that, make sure when you setup DHCP on the 2k3 box that you setup the scope options for Default gateway = linksys IP, DNS = 2k3 box IP, etc...

HTH
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by:clekkas
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Hi HTH,

Thanks for you quick reply. I am looking at my Linksys router. If you bare with me while I ask u to verify of what should i do.

Under Linksys Setup:

For Internet Setup :
Internet Connection Type I obtain IP Address Automatically.

For Network Setup:
I DISABLE Local DHCP Server (thus disabling the settings below)
The Router IP address I set to 192.168.1.1

Do these setting sound about right to you?

Thanks
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by:royalcanin
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:)   actually HTH = Hope that Helps  

Yep, looks like your on the right path.

Just remember that when you disable your DHCP server on the Linksys, you'll need to setup the DHCP server on the 2k3 box and go through all the joys of getting configured and running (like activating it in AD etc.)

Remember that when you turn off DHCP on the linksys, your client laptops won't obtain IP's untill you get the 2k3 DHCP up and running, so if you need to get something off one of them before you get the DHCP working on 2k3 you'll have to assign them Static IP's.


Of course if you want to leave the Linksys running DHCP you can do that as well, you just won't be able to setup your 2k3 box to handel DHCP.

Hope this makes sense
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by:clekkas
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Thanks a lot to both of you. I am aware of turning off the DHCP on the router before setting the 2k3 box will disable the laptops connectivity.  

Wish me good luck. I am sure you will hear from me a few more times with other posts.

P.S. Anyone recomend a good 2K3 book for beginners to advance level but not a 2k3 for dummies kinda book?

Thx
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