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SBS Servers on SAME network

Hi all,

Client wants split their business into two separate divisions. They currently run SBS 2000. Will it be possible to have two SBS Servers (one for each division) on the same physical network - don't think so? But can i seperate the hubs onto two physical networks. However, they have one fancy network printer that both these printers then need to print too. Can this be done? Router or routing or something?

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Sean
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mkbeanCommented:
If the SBS 2000 installs are going to be different domains there should be no problem with this.  Just make sure that they use different domain names and there are no IP conflicts.

You will just have to configure the permissions on the printer in each SBS 2000 domain but that shouldn't be a problem either.  

Why not just use one SBS 2000 domain and place the two division in seperate OUs?

Brian
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Hi SeanNij,

No, you can't put two SBS's on the same network.  And it sounds like a good opportunity to upgrade to SBS2003... it's an 1000% improvement over sbs2k.  If you did create two entirely separate networks (they can't be linked in any way, shape or form because SBS will attempt to take over all FSMO roles from any other machine it can see), you need to realize that if you have any users that will need to access both networks, they will need separate CAL's for each.

If the two companies are sharing the same physical space, you certainly can create two OUs on an SBS.  Just give your domain a neutral name for local use and then you can configure separate email domain names for each OU if that's what they are worried about.  Of course, file permissions will be kept separate too.

If that doesn't work for you and you still want to create two separate networks... then sharing your "fancy network printer" is no problem at all if you have an extra WAN IP address to give it... then, if you configure it right (or wrong, actually) then entire world can share it.  Also, many printer manufacturers have Internet printing software to control access.

Jeff
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SeanNijAuthor Commented:
Does that mean, in creating the two separate OUs that each unit experiences the 16gb limit of exchange, or does each unit have 16gb limit?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
No, you have just one 16gb limit... but how many total users do you have (with both companies)?  Since SBS is limited to 75 (and I wouldn't really put more than 50 on it anyhow) a 16gb limit is just fine... especially if you deploy Sharepoint properly...

One of the biggest hogs of Exchange storage is the practice of sending a document back and forth to collaborate.  Eventually there are at least 30 or 40 copies of that document in the store (when you consider each reply creates two copies if it's also saved in Sent items).  Exchange 2003 and Outlook 2003 provide for "shared document workspace" which creates a web site workspace on the fly... and can store each "version" of a document in once central place... it works great and I've yet to see a user that didn't understand it on the first try.

Other than that, getting users to change another habit of using Exchange as a file storage server when it's not designed that way.  Usually the big culprits are people who get back huge pdf's from their graphic artist or some such relationship... and just leave the attachment on the email rather than downloading it to a proper folder on their real file server...

Altering those two behaviours... which can be done over time... will enable users to work more efficiently... and for your Exchange server to work more efficiently as well!

Jeff
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SeanNijAuthor Commented:
Well there you have it - hit the nail on the head! "getting users to change another habit of using Exchange as a file storage server when it's not designed that way"

So, instead of using two SBS  Servers on the network - One SBS 2003 (sharepoint enabled) and one basic Windows File Server should do the trick better - then I'm not complicating the setup on the network and they will achieve the same result?

Sean

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Exactly!

If storage space is the issue, sure, you can add an additional Windows File Server... you may also want to look at just adding a Network Attached Storage device... something much easier to maintain than a full server and certainly much less expensive.

Jeff
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