Setting up a small office after being on SBS 2000 for 7 years

Juan Ocasio
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Hey all:

Haven't been here in a long time....  Anyway I have a question for all of you experts out there.  I have a small office with SBS 2000.  We are upgrading our server and I had a couple of questions.  I'm not sure if I want to go the SBS route again or if I want to go server 2003 (0r 2008) and Exchange server.  Either way, I'll have to protect our network somehow.  My question is what should I use to protect my network.  I've been looking at Sonicwall, but I'm wodering if I could just purchase a cisco router from ebay or something.  Will that have the same effect?  What do I need to worry about while setting this up?

With SBS, it was really a no brainer; I just installed the software, created firewall rules in ISA 2000 and was pretty much done.  Even if I went the SBS2008 way, I'd still need to get some sort of firewall protection.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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You don't HAVE to go SBS... but I it's the most economical solution since you DO get significant discounts on all the products involved - and standard server does NOT come with Remote Web Workplace or the wizards to manage it (there have been MANY improvements over the 2000 version).

As for a router, you can go cheap or used... but I'd suggest a unified threat management device (UTM) such as a Fortigate device which provides VPN, Firewall, Router, Limited Anti-Spam, Virus protection, Intrusion Detection, and Intrusion Prevention capabilities.  Depending on your size, it would cost $700 (Retail, probably less online for the Fortigate 60B) and up.  To be clear, this is a device that protects the incoming path from the internet.  You STILL need virus protection on computers since it cannot protect you from the person who brings the USB flash drive with virus in and plugs it in - it can only protect you from things coming in from your internet connection.
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Thanks Leew:

Apreciate your response.  I'd like to go with something that is an industry standard so that I can not only learn, but be more marketable in the future, should I need to be.  Is the fortigate an industry standard?  We do currently have Trnedmicro for our internal protection and we also use MXLogic for email filtering.  Would I not be able to do the same with a cisco rotuer, say a cisco 3600 series router?

Thanks again,

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What are you going to use for the internet connection?
If it is xDSL then I have been throwing in Cisco's 870 series in all over the place. The GUI isn't that bad and I always get them with smartnet which is pretty cheap on that range (UK£30 year or something like that).

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Devices are not standards per se - devices FOLLOW standards.

Cisco is a top name... as is Fortinet - the Fortinet products have been around for a while and have a generally good reputation.  One advantage is that you don't license by user and the products themselves basically have the same capabilities (just different capacities) throughout the product line.  Google Fortinet and there are MANY links to and about them.

I'm not intimately versed in Cisco's product line and they may well have a comparable product, but the 3600 does not appear to be it.

The fortigate provides VPN, Firewall, Router, Limited Anti-Spam, Virus protection, Intrusion Detection, and Intrusion Prevention, the Cisco 3600 looks like it only provides Rotuer, VPN, and Firewall.
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I have a T1.  I'm thinking the 3600 will all I need, but I'll look into the fortigate as well.  any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Thanks for your assistance!

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