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Networking 2 companies

By amw2003 ·
Please advise on the best way of connecting two small business networks.

Network 1 is already set up using Windows 2003 Small Business Server, and serves 5 users within company 1, and one user in company 2 (the 2 businesses are physically side-by-side).

A new network is to be set up inside company 2 with its own server - platform is not yet known but it is likely to be a Win XP peer to peer network, or client/server based on Windows 2000/2003 Server.

We want the administrator of Network 1 to be able to access all resources of Network 2. But the administrator and users of Network 2 must only be able to access specified resources on Network 1 (network 1 hosts DSL internet).

Please advise how we can achieve this. We can provide further explanations if needed.

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by CG IT In reply to Networking 2 companies

well one of the biggest problems confronting this setup is using SBS. No trusts between domains can be established between SBS and another domain. If you make office 2 it's own domain, then you've got that problem about trust relationships between domains. However, you can use remote access to overcome this in that users on another network could access resource as a remote user.

Administration is not an issue as remote admin capabilities are built into Windows server 2003 all flavors. Patch in using a laptop in the equipment room or just use the keyboard and monitor there.

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by amw2003 In reply to Networking 2 companies

Thanks CG IT for your answer:

Regardless of whether office 2 goes peer to peer or its own domain, they will likely want to share office 1's DSL internet. HOw can we achieve this? And what should we do to ensure office 2 users are not accessing restricted resources on office 1?

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by wesinls In reply to Networking 2 companies

If the buildings are side by side, why not just use grup policies to allocate or not allocate resources and or files to individuals by using seperate OU's for each business...?

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P.S...just run a CAT5 cable from the business 1's switch to another switch for business two, if they are in seperate suites that is...

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