SBS Server 2003 and a single NIC

Posted on 2005-04-20
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I have a question on installing a 2003 SBS server with a single NIC.  This is a turnkey operation.  We must use the following:

Bellsouth DSL, ethernet version not the USB version
A Sonic Wall TZ170 SP model, wired not wireless...This has 1 WAN port and a 5 port switch
A 16 port switch
A DELL server with only 1 NIC and SBS 2003 preinstalled
3 DELL workstations with XP pro

To set this up here's my plan of action:

1.  Make sure I can connect directly with a laptop on the DSL connection
2.  Install the sonicwall on the wan port...set it up to be a DHCP client for the bellsouth DSL modem, turn off DHCP on the internal connections
3.  Install the 16 port switch to any of the 5 ports on the switch of the sonicwall( you have to use their switch...maybe we can fudge here)
4.  Install the server to the 16 port switch...
The server has to have a static IP, say DHCP on the server (you cannot use the routers DHCP, company policy)...enable DNS forwarding on the server to the Bellsouth DNS servers, make sure the root zone "." doesn't exist etc...set the gateway to the sonicwall router (Now, what is the gateway to the router?  Is it the same as the ip address I use for administration on the router or what?)
5. Install the clients and all company software...

Any suggestions, articles, or comments as to what is the best way to do this and find the router IP...which I assume is, the administration IP... with only one server NIC is appreciated.  Many things are hampered by the "company turnkey solution".  I would cut out the second switch since you only have 4 machines.

Question by:dgore1
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    Hi Dale,
    Your plan is OK, no problem, the gateway is the administrative address you use to connect to the router ( but if you want to use for your lan network 192.168.100.x than you will have to change it to lets say, make sure to configure NAT on the router for the network 192.168.100.x, exclude from the DHCP pool on the server the static addresses allocated for the router and server.
    Also in the DHCP options configure default gateway (it's called router) the address on the router.
    One NIC on the server it's enough.

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