How many NICs needed for Small Business Server 2008?
Posted on 2009-05-07
I've been using Windows SBS 2003 with 2 NICs in the server. One Nic connects to the Internet (plugged into the router) and the other for internal NAT (plugged iinto a switch with all the other computers). I can understand this topology-the server serves as a gateway to the internet.
I am upgrading to SBS 2008. Some network diagrams show only one NIC for the server is need, in which all the workstations and the server are plugged into a single switch along with the router. And I was told that SBS 2008 can't be used as a gateway (true?)
My goal is to use the SBS as DHCP server to provide both internal network service and the internet service for the workstations.
What I am not clear is how only one NIC in the server worksto access the internet. A workstation gets an IP from the server and gets on the internet throught the router? Would I just use the router's IP as the gateway in the DHCP assignment option?
I'd really apprecite if someone could clear it up for me. Thanks so much!