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TOPIC: Network Re-Design Needed

Network Re-Design Needed 14 years 8 months ago #5492

Current Network Setup:
I have Cox Business Service broadband with a Static IP Address and no ports blocked. I currently have a cable/DSL router (GW IP: hooked up to the cable modem. I have 2 servers behind the Linksys Wireless router: Server 1 – RedHat 7.3 IP: This is currently offline. It is a DNS, E-Mail, DHCP server. Server 2 – MS Windows 2003 STD Server with Active Directory IP: This is currently online. It is a Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, IIS 6. Server 2 was never online when I had Server 1 online to prevent conflicts between the two servers not being configured to act as 1 network (if that makes sense).
Overall Goal:
What I want to accomplish is to remove the Linksys as my router and install a server to act as Firewall and DNS (external I believe). This can be either a RedHat 9 or MS Windows 2003 STD Server. I am not sure which path to go because either way I want to configure Active Directory for my Windows clients behind the firewall. The second server will act as AD Controller, internal DNS, E-Mail, DHCP, Web.
Am I thinking about this the right way? I need some help on how to setup my network making it secure, I would like to remote access into my W2K3 server using Remoter Desktop Web Connection.
I’m looking for some ideas on what you think a good way to redesign my network would be.
Below is a basic picture of my current setup, it’s not great, just something I put together in about 10 min.

I would appreciate any input and advice that anyone could give me. I’m really trying to come up with a good setup and learn in the process. Thanks in advance.


Re: Network Re-Design Needed 13 years 11 months ago #9198

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Replace Server 1 with one of the dedicated Linux Firewall distros such as IPCOP . Then you can stick Server2 behind it. This setup will still allow you remote access into your W2K3 server using Remote Desktop Web Connection as long as you redirect the correct ports on your IPCOP.
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