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Advantages / Disadvantages of routing Internet Traffic through Windows 2003 server

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What are your thoughts regarding routing internet traffic through the domain controller?

Here's the quick scenerio: I have a 20 workstation LAN. I'm retiring a Windows 2000 and NT server and replacing them with 2 new Windows 2003 servers (a primary and secondary DC, File / Print and MS SQL Server). Between the LAN and the Internet is Cisco 1800 series.

I know its most common to route traffic through the DC but I'm scratching my head wondering if it wouldn't be better more practical to let the Cisco manage NAT, DNS and DHCP.

Can someone convince me otherwise?
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Agree with benhanson, it is a bad idea to put through windows and that too a DC itself!

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Rajesh

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Curious that you setup AC, Windows sets NAT by default. That is the part that I find interesting. If you disable it, a message appears saying you disabled a port but did not configure an address pool.
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