How Safe is it forwarding ports on SBS 2008?

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August 11, 2010 at 05:30:25
Specs: Windows XP

i am looking to install a small business server 2008 into my workplace however I am concerned about forwarding ports through my router. My only worry is thesafety of opening these ports and if it would open up the security and allow potential hackers in?


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August 11, 2010 at 05:54:55
The server doesn't have to be in the DMZ unless you have a particular application that requires it. It can be behind the router with the rest of the network.

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August 11, 2010 at 07:09:34
My only worry is thesafety of opening these ports and if it would open up the security and allow potential hackers in?

Any time you open a pathway into your LAN from the outside world you do create a potential for security issues.

However, windows does have built in security (access rights, permissions, accounts etc) and if you know what you're doing, you can secure things in such a fashion so as to rule out all but the most determined hackers.

Hackers, like most criminals, are lazy and there are a lot of "easy" targets out there. If you do a reasonable job of securing your server you shouldn't have too much to worry about.

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August 11, 2010 at 07:30:51
Having said that if you are planning to run a web server for instance behind a router you have no choice but to forward ports.

Unless you are running something that requires access from the Internet there is no need to forward ports.

AS Curt says, there are facilities to restrict what anyone can do once they are in and if you run a decent web server like Apache, there are even more security restrictions that can be configured.


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September 13, 2010 at 15:19:24
I am running SBS 2008 for 2 different clients. It works like a champ and I now love wizards. SBS 2008 no longer supports duel nics. You can run with 2 nics but you have some issues. There are only about 5 ports to open if needed. Checkout this link and scroll down to setup. You will see what ports you need to open. These ports dont have to be open if your not going to allow remote access. You can always just use for yourself. I use both in case sharepoint service goes down. The end users absolutly love RWW and its pretty secure because you have to have the certificate (self signed or purchase one online) installed on the remote computer that will be connecting. One tip. When you install sbs 2008 be sure if you are going to have a partition just for the OS, make sure it is big enough. I learned that the hardway after the update service filled up the partition. I had to do some crazy stuff to transfer it to the D drive. For my second client I just made one big raid 5 partition and my worries were over.

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