Two SBS Servers in different domains on the same physical network

Posted on 2009-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have been tasked with implementing two 2003 SBS servers each with their own domain on the same physical network. Two companies working within the same office of which a couple of users will need access to data on both servers. The idea of having two SBS servers was that in some point in the future the business may move to separate locations so it would be easier to split them. One internet connection, one router, one switch. Only 8 users in total. My boss has already bought both servers.

My thoughts are that is unworkable as no trusts can be created between the two domains? Also even if this was workable surely i would need more hardware to separate the two networks for the different subnets etc required?

Any thoughts to suggest why this is an undesirable solution would be most welcome. i would much rather go with the the one server and then get another server if the businesses split in the future and move data etc over. no exchange services are required all POP3 mail.
Question by:skiboy10
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    Two SBS servers within the same network are not supported and simply will not work.

    You could split your network into two networks, eg. one with the IP addresses 192.168.1.x and the second one with 192.168.2.x, but I don't think that's something you want or can do with the network equipment you have.

    Therefore I recommend to use one SBS server for all users and if the businesses split, set up the second server and move the data.


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