Best way to set up server

Microsoft Windows server 2008 standard -...
July 14, 2009 at 17:51:32
Specs: Server 2008
Hi all, I'm looking for advice on the best way to
design my network.

We have and adsl connection and one server.
The server will run Active Dir and have upto 15
work stations connecting to it.

We also have an additional 5 computers that
use our network for internet access and don't
connect to our server.

I am wondering whether the workstations
should all go thru' the server for internet
access or directly. ie. Adsl is only connected
to server and server has second NIC
connected to a switch that all the workstations
connect to.
ADSL router is connected to a switch and both
the server and the workstations connect to
that switch.

I also need to know what the simplest solution
for VPN is. We have a couple of people who
want to be able to connect in to the network
from home and work from there.

Thanks and regards

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August 12, 2009 at 09:47:44
here's my personal opinion, which is by no means authoritative....I would leave all the users and the server plugged into the switch. I would configure the server for AD, DNS, and DHCP.

As for the VPN solution, it depends. You can use the servers built in Routing and Remote access feature to create a traditional vpn connection, or you can install terminal services and get a few Terminal server application licenses for remote desktop, or you can use free services like team viewer, or may be all you need for just a few users, or you can enable remote desktop on the users workstations and have them remote into their workstation, that way you don't have to install any software on their home pc's.

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