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Setting up Win2K Server as a Router

By NateH ·
Hi,

I am relatively newbie to the Server2000 and Active Directory and need some help with the following.

I have a client who needs to separate 2 departments. No traffic between the two at all. In fact, both have their own domain controllers. Iam working on one of the domain controllers.

I want to set up my domain controller alone and that is working fine. I now need to connect it to the network and want to separate my network by having the DC act as a router. After much reading though, it is not clear how I set up 2 NIC boards and indicate to them how to operate.

How do I set up one NIC card to only communicate with my domain computers and the other NIC card to communicate with the outside world.

Hope this is clear.

Thanks

Nate

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by McKayTech In reply to Setting up Win2K Server a ...

This certainly can be done but I'm not sure it's the best solution. You're also not giving me much to go on (will the outside connection use NAT, etc.) and the big picture is not clear.

Do you have two departments that just want to share one Internet connection but no traffic between the two?

If so, I think the best answer is a router appliance. What I would do is either buy a low-end cable/DSL router with three interfaces (internal, external, DMZ) or build a box using three NICs and using the software found at leaf.sourceforge.net. Either one will give you two isolated networks with access to the Internet and whatever services (NAT, DHCP, DNS) you need to make it work.

Alternately, if it has to be a Windows product, you could use Internet Connection Sharing on an XP or Win2000 box.

Or, you could follow your original plan and install two NICs in the domain controller and install Routing and Remote Access services. I think that is what you are after although it leaves alot to be desired.

regards,

paul

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by NateH In reply to Setting up Win2K Server a ...

Thank you Paul. Sorry for the lack of info, but you ask good questions. The "company" is a children's camp. They can only get cable access so they have one connection to the outside world. They have different subnets that must be kept separate with absolutely no traffic between them (campers on one side, staff on the other).

They have a cable modem and one router coming in. I put the students on the output of that router (call it A). I then added another router(B) coming of Router A for the staff. The staff have their own domain controller and are independent of the rest of the camp.

However, the staff could not access the outside. Somehow, Router B was not communicating with Router A. Not clear how to connect the two.

I struggledwith that for a long time until I thought to make the staff Domain Contoller a router. However, my reading some more, tells me that may not be ideal either.

Does this help?

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