Two sbs 2003

April 12, 2010 at 23:47:13
Specs: SBS 2003
I have two PC's and an SBS 2003 server as part of a workgroup at home, using one nic. No PC connects as a domain, just workgroup. DNS and DHCP is done with my router.

This home network connects to a small workgroup at my office via a LAN to LAN VPN using my routers.

The office workgroup is just two machines.

I have purchased an SBS 2003 server to use at the office for email and file sharing. I am going to connect this very simply as a workgroup machine with a single nic, identically to the home setup.

I want to retain the VPN which will then mean I have two SBS 2003 servers on the same network, although different subnets due to the VPN.

Neither SBS machine will be doing any DHCP or DNS.

I cant see issues with this, and think it will be fine, but someone has told me you can only have a single SBS machine on a LAN?

Does anyone see any issues?


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April 13, 2010 at 13:01:13
My experience with SBS is that it always comes up as a domain controller. Sure workstations can access in a workgroup but you could not run exchange without it being a domain controller in the forest.

It is true you can't have two sbs's in the same forest since sbs wants to be the end all of everything per its design.

given what you describe you should have picked server not sbs for both locations.

if you haven't setup dns you can't be running exchange as a mail server. are you confusing just running a mail client with accessing an exchange server?

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April 13, 2010 at 13:08:26

My server at home is definantly running exchange, and I connect to it as an exhange server. I have my domain pointed to my static IP, and my router routing the ports to the server.

I have just started to set up this second hand SBS2003 box, and currently have it plugged into my network at home. It is on the 5th disk for the install, and is sat on the same network as my home server at the moment.

Effectively I will have two completely different networks, but joined by a VPN. I would have hoped I would be able to continue file and print sharing across the VPN when required.

I guess I will have to see how it pans out.....

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April 13, 2010 at 16:25:08
So you have a domain name registered and your isp has a mx record pointing that name to your server?

You didn't mention any of that which is surprising.

vpn isn't an issue its two sbs in the same forest. you can have them in different forests. to share files you would need a forest trust between them but last I heard sbs doesn't support trusts.

not a setup I would recommend across a vpn link considering most home/office can't afford the bandwidth.

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