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    Default Use one server on 2 networks?

    I have a File/Print server running Win2k3 R2. It currently serves my private network of several PCs running everything from DOS/Win3x to Windows 7 Ultimate and several flavers of Linux. In the same house, there is another network, the "main" network, which is connected to the internet through a cable modem. This network is using a Trendnet "N" router. Mine uses a Linksys "N" router connected by wire to the Trendnet router. Now, I live in a rented duplex, so I can't just go running wires all over, and something they used in the construction creates "dead spots", so a number of machines have to be hard-wired in to the network. I am responcible for keeping up with all IT-related tasks here, as I'm the resident geek. The most problmatic is backups. I can backup my own machines directly to my server, as it resides on my network, and is wired in to my router. For machines on the "Main" network, I have to use a portable HDD, which is tedious. I would like to know if there is a way I can set up my server so that it connects to both networks simutanously, and can see all machines on both networks, and be seen by them as well. Please note that to connect to the "Main" network, I may have to install a wireless adapter, as I can't run wires all over inside a rented duplex. Also note both routers have their own seperate I.P. address (example: xxx.xxx.xxx.110 and xxx.xxx.xxx.220 respectively).

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    Default Re: Use one server on 2 networks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gizzmo1024 View Post
    I have a File/Print server running Win2k3 R2. It currently serves my private network of several PCs running everything from DOS/Win3x to Windows 7 Ultimate and several flavers of Linux. In the same house, there is another network, the "main" network, which is connected to the internet through a cable modem. This network is using a Trendnet "N" router. Mine uses a Linksys "N" router connected by wire to the Trendnet router. Now, I live in a rented duplex, so I can't just go running wires all over, and something they used in the construction creates "dead spots", so a number of machines have to be hard-wired in to the network. I am responcible for keeping up with all IT-related tasks here, as I'm the resident geek. The most problmatic is backups. I can backup my own machines directly to my server, as it resides on my network, and is wired in to my router. For machines on the "Main" network, I have to use a portable HDD, which is tedious. I would like to know if there is a way I can set up my server so that it connects to both networks simutanously, and can see all machines on both networks, and be seen by them as well. Please note that to connect to the "Main" network, I may have to install a wireless adapter, as I can't run wires all over inside a rented duplex. Also note both routers have their own seperate I.P. address (example: xxx.xxx.xxx.110 and xxx.xxx.xxx.220 respectively).
    The first problem is that you do have them on separate networks. You will need two NIC Ports on server. Set the server up as the Gateway to the internet for the network. Connect this Nic port to the cable modem. The second port can be setup as a DHCP server with the gateway being the IP address for the other port. Use static IP addresses for the routers to connect to the servers DHCP range. Use static IP addresses on all of the PCs on the network. Including printers

    You can also Start with the Cable modem. Plug the first Router into the cable modem. This will become your gateway. Setup the IP range on the router. Everything from this point will need to use a static IP address within the range of the router. The server needs a static address, the other router used to connect the other part of your network.


    And finally. Connect the router to the cable modem. Have router use DHCP. Connect all devices to the router. For the 2nd section of your network, replace the router with a powered non managed switch. Connect other section of network to this switch. All of those devices will get IP address from the first and only router. Everything will then be on the same network. If you need to add wireless capabilities to your network you can install a wireless AP to the switch Pre-configured to the network.

    You can introduce the Wireless AP to any of the network solutions.

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    Default Re: Use one server on 2 networks?

    Checkout the two review links below these may be just what the doctor ordered for those wireless dead spots

    http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-...dio-video-kit/

    The Diamond Multimedia Wireless Range Extender | Pure Overclock

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    Default Re: Use one server on 2 networks?

    So just to summarize, to make sure I'm getting it. You have 2 distinct physically seperate networks, say one is 192.168.0.1 and 10.10.10.1 with physically connectivity between the 2.

    The easiet solution is a VPN between the 2, W2k3 does it natively and is a piece of cake to setup.
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    Default Re: Use one server on 2 networks?

    Thanks everyone. You've given me some great advice. After some consideration, I think I'd like to try to VPN option. So gooeyballzz, where can I find some info to get me started? Know any good websites?

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    Default Re: Use one server on 2 networks?

    Here are a couple that look pretty good;

    How to Set Up a Virtual Private Network with Windows: 25 Steps.

    Configure a Windows Server 2003 VPN on the server side - TechRepublic

    Its actually pretty easy, just open server manager and add a role, then follow the prompts.
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