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personal server setup for small business server 2003 few quesitons

I have a few questions regarding my personal server. I have a domain on it for a business I no longer use, so now I want to change my domain to gigsnbytes.com  its now polakservices ( my business partner took me for like $8,000, so no more business with him). I was reading online and there is not a way to change the domain name so I will need to reinstall win server. I plan on doing that in a few hours. I had a few questions. Am I able to put win server 2003 on a workgroup ? I have about 5 computers in my condo that I would like to get on the server. I have it set at a domain now but I think a domain is basically for over 10 pc's. Do you think a work group would be better and am I able to put win server 2003 on a work group ? Any suggestions. Also after reinstall it I want to get my exchange going, I think I had it set up before on one of my clients and it seemed to be working with my outlook. I also have quickbooks pro That I want to use on the server so all my clients can access it and make changes and everything will save to the server so I can access it from all and when I'm in NY and at clients offices. Also I have 2 nics on the server and comcast has given me 5 statics. Should I just use one Nic with a static ? or both nics. And configured one with the static and one to the local router ? basically I want to be able to hit pages while I'm on the go. If I put a static on one nic I could hook it to my comcast modem directly or should I put it into my router (linksys) I have a static in my router and 4 statics left. So I was wondering about the workgroup or domain and also how should I configure the 2 nics I have in the server ? I want to be able to get into my contacts, calender threw outlook and also use quickbooks pro. I think the old way before I reformat my server has one nic with a static and the other going into my router with a 192.168.15.1 ip. Also I'm going to be setting up the FTP so I can have business drop files there and other places be able to pick them up.
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
also how should I setup my nics. I have 5 statics form comcast. I think I will assign one nic a static and the other nic hook to my linksys router (192.168.1.1)  = 2 nics total  ???

any ideas for whats listed above thanks

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KCTSCommented:
Domains are NOT just for 10 workstations or more, even with only one or two computers the ability to manage the domain, users and security can make a domain very worthwhile
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
ok i was using a domain on my previous setup. I just thought a workgroup was another option but I will run a domain...I just wanted to know a little more about how I should configure the rest, nics...

I had a domain setup before I reformatted....and it worked fine...thanks
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Actually, with SBS - you have NO CHOICE.  You have to use a domain.  If you don't within 2 weeks (maybe 1) the system would start rebooting itself every hour because you'd be violating the SBS licensing.
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
ok im going to us e a domain...i just really had a few other important other questions i was looking for a little help in....domain it is no problem and ideas on the nic's or ftp or what I have posted above...Thanks all...

yeah i never seen an option for workgroup some guy before told me to use a workgroup, when i set it up i didnt even remember seeing an option for workgroup....i just wanted to be sure....i already haver my domain set...im just trying to figure out how I can configure it...Thanks
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
my 2 nics I have configured a little but I think wrong...

I have a comcast modem with 5 statics and a linksys router...

one nic is plugged into the comcast modem with

ip 75.144.104.XX
255.255.255.248
gateway 75.144.104.XX (im not sure if I should use my router 192.168.15.1 or the comcast gateway 75.144)

DNS is 192.168.15.1
secondary 127.0.0.1


then the nic I have plugged directly into the router is

ip 192.168.15.2
255.255.255.0
gateway 192.168.15.1 im not sure if I should use the comcast one or if this one is correct (linksys box)

dns 192.168.158.1
127.0.0.1


im trying to think of how it is going i think i want them to point to the router 192.168.15.1 and go out from there so if that were the case i would use the 192.168.15.1 for gateway and dns ??

I labeled one with an ip because eventually i will set up ftp and want to be able to log in ??

I still need to turn off firewall and NAT in my router and DHCP and DNS....I will turn them off when I figure out if I have the server nics configured properly...

but for my clients once I turn that off I will need to label them for gateway and dns 192.168.15.1 because it will all be pointing to the router ??

im not sure if im somewhat right here...im kinda new to this I had them all configured properly before and was working right but I forgot how I did it because I havent done it in a few months. I kind of remember a little but AM defintally not an expert...Thanks for all the help...
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
for this one....

"one nic is plugged into the comcast modem with

ip 75.144.104.XX
255.255.255.248
gateway 75.144.104.XX (im not sure if I should use my router 192.168.15.1 or the comcast gateway 75.144)

DNS is 192.168.15.1
secondary 127.0.0.1"

I have took out the gateway....this one goes direct to my comcast modem.....

so it looks like this

ip 75.144.104.XX
255.255.255.248
gateway  nothing

DNS is 192.168.15.1
secondary 127.0.0.1"
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
I know something here is screwy but im not sure what.....
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Joel BudITAuthor Commented:
also im unable to ping the static 75.

but I can ping the 192.168.15.2

hmmm...
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