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SBS 2008 as proxy server

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I am installing SBS2008 for the first time. I would like it configured so that one NIC is connected to the local network and another NIC to the router, so that internet access for the network has to go through the server. what settings do i need for each NIC and what settings for the client browsers?
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by:abt-it
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2008 only accepts on NIC, so you can't do that.
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by:chakko
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In your server:

NIC1  - connect to internet.  you need the IP, subnet mask, default gateway and DNS
NIC2 - LAN side.  you need the IP, subnet mask and DNS.  leave the default gateway empty

PC computers:  main thing is your Default gateway setting is set to the LAN IP of your server (NIC2)

I assume you already have some ProxyFirewall  type of software installed on your Server?
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by:chakko
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I didn't know the limitation on SBS 2008.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sbs/cc817589.aspx

that webpage suggests if you have the Premium Edition it supports multiple NICs

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by:Lee W, MVP
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SBS 2008 - the server running "Small Business Server" does not appropriately support two network adapters.  A quote from the link chakko provided:Does Windows Small Business Server 2008 support two network cards? One NIC is recommended and supported on the Standard Edition server. If you have more than one NIC on the first server, then when the network wizards are run the additional NICs are disabled. Multiple NICs are an advanced scenario; if you want to use multiple NICs you should do so on the Premium Edition server.To be clear, the NON-SBS server (the "Standard" server that is included in SBS) is what is being suggested here.You really should be getting an appropriate firewall/router.
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by:Mark_Collinge
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I am using standard edition. both the nics are intalled and working. earlier versions of sbs had proxy software built in, has this changed?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Yes, this HAS changed.  It is no longer the recommended configuration (and I don't believe it's supported either).
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by:Mark_Collinge
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There is a firewall/router installed. The reason for this scenario is to monitor internet usage...... is there a better way?
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Use a business class router that offers that - something like a Calyptix or Fortigate.

Or you can get another server (you cannot use SBS) and purchase ISA server separately and run it on that.  (The business class router would probably be cheaper, even with maintenance).
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If you just need to monitor internet usage then you might want to check into a free LINUX based firewall and install it onto a PC
They install very easily.
there are several, the Endian one will archive log files and can export them easily if you need to look back.
http://www.endian.com/en/community/overview/
a couple other ones you might look at are smoothwall, untangle and astaro
 
 
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Thanks. Another Microsoft "improvement" I will have to live with.
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