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Nic / Network configuration

Inherited network and I'm certainly not a pro at this and I have a zillion questions that I'll eventually ask. I've been reading up on SBS and Server 2003 and am currently on brain-overload.

I would like to know what the best configuration for this network is.

Currently, the server has two network cards, but only one is enabled.

current setup:

adsl>router>switch>server and workstations

Q: What are the benefits of actually using both nics.

Q: If I use both nics, is this the proper configuration?
adsl>router>inbound to server on nic one>outbound to switch on nic two>workstations

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
"Q: What are the benefits of actually using both nics."

If your router is not a very sophisticated firewall, then having two NICs adds another layer of defense in that your SBS will then provide Firewall Services via Routing & Remote Access Service (RRAS).  

"Q: If I use both nics, is this the proper configuration?
adsl>router>inbound to server on nic one>outbound to switch on nic two>workstations"

Yes, but you have to be sure to configure the IP Address Settings correctly on each NIC and then run the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW -- linked as "Connect to the Internet on the To-Do list in the Server Management Console) to set everything up correctly.

A visual how-to for that is here:  http://sbsurl.com/ceicw
Example of TWO-NIC configuration:  http://sbsurl.com/twonics

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Network_Data_SupportCommented:
you could use network teaming for better perfomance or even redundancy if one of the nics was to fail

http://support.intel.com/support/network/sb/CS-009747.htm

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
SBS doesn't support Teamed NICs generally.  So, I would highly suggest that you don't even consider that since you have already stated that you are not very experienced with SBS or Server 2003.

Jeff
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laquangthongCommented:

Q: What are the benefits of actually using both nics.
In your IT environment, the headache will be outweigh the benefit. Don't use it.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Oh, that's ridiculous.  You have no idea what his IT environment is in the first place.

It may very well not be what he wants to deploy, but it wouldn't be due to headaches... there are none if you configure it properly according to the documented settings.

Jeff
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laquangthongCommented:
1) He uses adsl, so his network is probably less than 50 systems. Team nic doesn't provide much benefit in that kind of environment.

2) Headache when setting it up. He's not an expert, and is still learning. If he set it wrong, it can become a loop.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I disagree. I provided a very clear answer in my initial comment {http:#20080723}.

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