sbs 2003/2008

Posted on 2011-10-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi Im just installing SBS 2003 on my 32bit server for practise and then going to learn how to migrate across to a separate server to upgrade to Win 2008 standard and not SBS 2008 as I do not have a 64 bit machine anyhow!!

My ISP provider is with Virginmedia and I have a 'Netgear Model No: VMDG280', which I can configure using the 'Gui' and as there is NO NAT, it has 'DHCP' instead.

Im sure Ive read somewhere that the 'ICF' is the protection between inside/outside so wanted to check is there anything else I should do to protect my server if I use all Wizards as per instructions say to?

I will also install Kaspersky on all host pc's and I assume from their this is sufficient!

Could someone advise?
Question by:mikey250
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    Hi Mikey250,

    i think the best way is to get a new hardware firewall appliance to protect your inside network. NAT or DHCP are no opportunities to protect your network. Maybe you can take a net gear utm device or a watchguard.

    Migration SBS2003 to single Win2008 Server is possible but I think you have to get more than one server to host the different services like AD, Exchange or SharePoint. How many users do you have to migrate?



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    Hi Niels,  I have 35 users although just accessing situation now!  For now I just want to learn what to do but for the purposes of having separate servers ie, AD, Exchange & SharePoint for eg is not viable as only have 1 machine 32bit that allows me to install Win 2008 and use as a test!!

    Ideally YES I would separate onto multiple servers to understand better planning etc

    I would like to learn about how to do migration practically first of all and then 'READ' afterwards!!

    What about SBS 2003 migrating to Windows 2003 Standard/Enterprise as I have enough 32bit servers to do this?

    Later when funds are there I can look at buying other equipment to do what you suggest which I agree!!!

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    Hi As I have no 'Firewall' and realise if the money is spent then I realise that there are better ways to secure a network!!! Kaspersky comes with its own 'Firewall' although I realise not a preferred method!

    What about those users who may have anything from 1 user to 19 users - Im assuming they will use the hardware that is on offer in the shops today?

    Ive been told by others that if the amount of users on a network is around '25 +', then buying 'SBS' software may well be the prefferred method if the company is progressing!!

    Is this correct?

    I dont wont to be stifled with too much advice as my 'objective' is to learn how to install SBS 2003 firstly!

    I have 2500/2600/3600 routers that maybe I could connect and configure to act as a 'Firewall' later!!!!!!!!!!!

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