win server 2k8r2 setup advise...

October 13, 2011 at 04:01:59
Specs: Windows server 2008r2
hello all.

i am trying to create a small office network based on windows server 2008r2.
i have bought myself a dell server which comes with foundation for 15 users...

what i want to do is the following:
create a pdc with simple shares with internet access (probably will use tmg) with speed limits on internet access for users.
another thing i want to do which i believe is impossible without 3rd party software is when a user joins the domain i want them to keep their local desktop. most people will freak out when they see a new blank desktop provided by the server.

what i have done so far is create a pdc and its working alright. still ironing out some issues.
i want to now setup tmg on it and be able to speed limit the users for internet access (not network).

any advise please?

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October 13, 2011 at 08:04:53
the desktop issue is simple. You copy the local profile to the new domain based profile on the local machine.

You need two nics in the server for TMG. One to the internet, one to the switch in common with all other pcs/devices.

Might want to get yourself a book on AD/2008 server. There is no such thing as a pdc in AD. Its been almost 12 years since NT4 and pdcs existed.

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October 13, 2011 at 13:23:50
I can recommend the Mastering Windows Server books as a very readable introduction to Windows Server. It's madness to try to do this sort of thing without a good reference manual, and it's only going to cost a few dollars.

For more serious networks you can't beat the Windows Server Resource Kit, but that's going to cost you rather more. Very comprehensive if a little unreadable - not for beginners.

Be aware that with only one DC your whole system relies upon that functioning; normal practice would be to have at least two DCs. It depends upon how important the data stored on your network is and whether the business could function satisfactorily in its temporary absence.

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