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I'm assisting a friend with setting up a small network at his work. He has a windows 2003 server domain controller set up as the dhcp server and dns server. It resides on subnet 192.168.0.x. On that same subnet is a NAS that computers in the domain can access. There is also a separate subnet 192.168.1.x where computers on that subnet are not part of the domain. The non-domain subnet 192.168.1.x also has a NAS used by the computers in that subnet not joined to the domain, let alone see it.

The computers on the domain are connected to a switch that is set as the gateway for the domain (on the 0.x subnet) with windows 2003 providing ip addresses as the dhcp server. The non-domain computers are connected to a different switch that its set as a gateway for the 1.x subnet without a dhcp server. Both switches have vlan capability, but it is not being used.

We are trying to get the domain computers in the 0.x subnet to see the NAS on the 1.x subnet. How can this be done without a router?
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Unfortunately, crossing subnets *requires* a router, or a layer-three device capable of routing.

What are the makes/models of the switches in question? Do your switches support stacking?

What kind of NAS device is in the 1.x subnet?  It is an "appliance" or a standard server running Windows Storage Server?  

If the NAS allows you to set multiple IP addresses for a single network port, you could physically connect your two switches and assign 2 IPs to your NAS.

The best way to do this would be to implement inter-vlan routing, assuming your switches are layer-three capable.

In any scenario, you will have to connect your two switches together.  VLANing will then keep separate broadcast domains for each subnet, even though you have one, physical network.



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Thanks. It is a Netgear ProSafe GS724T SmartSwitch, but i'm not sure that it supports  layer-3 routing. The NAS is basically an appliance with a web interface for management (promise nas). The switch has vlan with access list capability, buti don't know how it could be used to solve my problem.
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