Setting up server, router and rest of network

Oppos - Apr 27, 2009 at 05:23 PM
 ben - Mar 14, 2011 at 08:20 AM

Need some help with setting up a network correctly.

Ok, my boss has asked me to setup the server in our depot workshop for use over the internet - the idea being that he can access some programs remotely. The server controls software within a private network and has access to the internet, but that is all. Hes looking to have it take over much of what the router does, such as assigning IP's, etc. Now I could find lots of guides to setup Win Server 08 to do exactly that and setup the router not to assign IP's on the network. The issue im having is figuring out what way is best to wire the whole thing up!

Right now its setup like this; Router/modem -> switch -> server & rest of network.

Now if he wants to set up like he wants, im assuming it needs to be like; Router/modem -> server -> switch -> rest of network? (If this doesnt have to be, do say)

So if I did have to set up the network with the server in front of the switch, do I have to actually wire it as such? See right now the switch sits between the router/modem and the server. And there is two ethernet ports on the back of this server, but one is only used right now. My concern is that if I dont change the wiring, the switch isnt going to work right. Does it matter if a router/modem directs all traffic to the server via the switch, then having the server do its stuff (such as assign IP, control software) by sending it back through the switch and to everywhere else EXCEPT the router/modem? You can see this confuses me big time :(

Oh and also, just because im curious! Is there any sort of performance difference between Win server 08 assigning IP's and a router/modem? The router does it well enough right now, just wondering if a server does it any faster/slower?

Thanks for reading!

1 response

Dmeigs Posts 1 Registration date Saturday February 13, 2010 Status Member Last seen February 15, 2010 1
Feb 15, 2010 at 09:33 PM
Hardware and Software Needed

1. Bridgeable Modem DSL
2. Network Switch
3. VPN Router with a (DMZ Port)
4. 3 Network Cables
5. P4 Computer with 1gb Memory at least 100GB Hard drive
6. Install Server 2003/2008/Vista or XP pro.
7. Dreamweaver 8/CS3/CS4/FrontPage or Coffee Cup HTML
8. Virus Software (Mcafee/Norton or Zone alarm.

9. Call Your ISP to setup and Subnet Block.

Connecting the n\w cables
1. The First Cable Connect one end of Network Cable to WAN of Modem and the other end to WAN of Router.
2. The second Cable Connect one end to the DMZ port of the Router and the other end to one of the port on network switch.
3. The Third Cable Connect one end to port one of the network switch and the other end to the Ethernet card of the Computer. EXT more Computers

DSL Modem Setup

1. Enable IP Bridging
2. Disable DHCP Service
3. Disable NAT
4. Disable The Fire Wall
5. Reboot Modem

Router Setup

1. Internet Connection Type PPPoE
2. Type User Name that your ISP gave you.
3. Type User Password.
4. Enable DMZ Port
5. Disable DHCP Service
6. Disable NAT
7. Disable Fire wall
8. In the Host Name Section., Host name ISP Name - like (Bell Sympatico)
9. Domain Name Yours - Like (
10. Enable MTU - (size 1492)
11. Router IP your first IP address of your Subnet Block - (Local IP Address)
12. Subnet Address
13. Click Save Setting on all Your changes.
14. Reboot Router

Setting Up The Computer (Vista/Server 2008)

1. Click on Start
2. Click On Network
3. On the top of network places click Network and Sharing Center.
4. On the left side click on Manage Network Connections.
5. Click Local Area Connection (network) if you have more then one Disable all excepted one
6. Click Properties
7. Click Continue
8. Uncheck IPv6
9. Check IPv4
10. Click Use The Following IP Address
11. Type the Second IP Address of the Subnet Block.
12. Type the Subnet
13. Type The Gateway The Routers IP Address.
14. Type The Preferred DNS Server IP Address your ISP's DNS Server.
15. Type the Second DNS Server IP Address Your ISP's DNS Server.
16. Click Start
17. Control panel
18. Internet Options
19. Connections
20. Lan settings
21. Check - (Automatic Detect settings)
22. Click OK
23. Reboot Computer

Installing IIS 6.0
Windows XP Pro

1. Click Start
2. Control Panel
3. Add or Remove Programs
4. Add/Remove Windows Components
5. Internet Information Service (IIS)
6. Details
7. Check - (World Wide Web Service)
8. Check - File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Service.
9. Check - Common Files
10. Click OK
11. Click Next
12. Click Finish
13. Reboot Computer

Installing IIS 7.0 Vista

1. Click Start
2. Control Panel
3. Switch to Classic View
4. Click - (Turn Windows Features on or off)
5. Check - (Internet Information Service)
6. Check - (World Wide Web Service)
7. Click - (FTP Publishing Service)
8. Check - (FTP Management Control)
9. Check - (FTP Server)
10. Reboot Computer
11. Click Start
12. Control Panel
13. Administrate Tools
14. Open IIS Manager
15. Left Side Right Click on Local Host.
16. Left Click Add Web Site
17. Type Site Name
18. Type or Browse Physical Path
19. Type HTTP.
20. Know Create a site with Dreamweaver
21. And save to c:/inetpub/wwwroot.

Installing IIS 7.0 Server 2008

1. Click Start
2. Server Manager
3. Click Roles
4. Click Add Roles
5. Click Next
6. Check Web Server (IIS)
7. Click Next
8. Uncheck - (HTTP Logging)
9. Uncheck - (Directory Browsing)
10. Check - (FTP Publishing Service)
11. Click Next
12. Click - (Install)
13. Click - (Close)
14. Reboot Computer
15. Click - Start
16. Control Panel
17. Administrative Tools
18. Click (Internet Information Manager)
19. Right Click localhost
20. Rename to name of site
21. Click - (Add Web Site)
22. Right Click - (Default Document)
23. In Actions click - (Add)
24. Name site1.html
25. Make sure it's at the top place in the list.
26. Install DreamWeaver CS4 CS3 or 8
27. Create Page
28. Save as site1.html
29. Reboot Computer
30. Click - (Start)
31. Click - (Control Panel)
32. Click - (System)
33. Click - (Change Settings)
34. Type
35. Computer Description - Like (Server1)
36. Click - (Change)
37. Click - (More)
38. In Primary DNS suffix of this Computer
39. Type - (Your Domain Name).com
40. Reboot Computer
41. Click - Start
42. Run
43. Type - c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\host
44. Click - OK
45. Open - NotePad
46. On Line 20 Put Your Curser Next Local Host And Hit Enter
47. Type Your IP Address For your Web Server Followed By a Space and your Domain Name., Like This, Then Hit Enter
48. On The Next Line Type The IP Address Follow By a Space and Your www.Domain Name .com., Like This, Hit Enter
49. On The Next Line Type Your IP Address Of Your FTP Site Follow By a Space and Your FTP.Domain.Com., Like This

FireWall Setup
1. Click - Start
2. Click - Network
3. Click - Network And Sharing Center
4. Click - Windows Firewall
5. Click - Change settings
6. Click - Exceptions
7. Click - Add Port
8. Name HTTP
9. Port number 80
10. Click - OK
11. Protocol TCP
12. Click - Add Port
13. Name FTP
14. Port Number 21
15. Protocol TCP
16. Click - OK
17. Click - OK
18. Reboot the Computer
19. Know go to
20. What Port? 21
21. Click - Check
22. What Port? 80
23. When The Test Is Done and you can see the ports., Then You are Read
24. Run Port Scanner Software
25. After Mare Sure All Ports are Close Excepted Port 21 and 80
26. make sure network discovery is turn on.
27. Thats All You Are Finish Setting Up The Internal Side Of The Network

Public Network Setup
1. First Thing Go To
2. Next Sigh up and account godaddy.
3. Next get a Domain Name
4. Next do a Google Search
5. for (Free DNS Hosting)
6. My ISP offered Free DNS Hosting
7. Yours might to.
8. Know here how you Configure it
9. Record Name @
10. Type NS
11. Data
12. TTL 1400
13. Record Name @
14. Type NS
15. Data
16. TTL 1400
17. Record Name @
18. Type MX
19. Data 10
20. TTL 3600
21. Record Name @
22. Type A
23. Data IP address of your Web Server
24. Record Name ftp
25. Type A
26. Data Your FTP Server IP Address
27. TTL 3600
28. Record Name www
29. Type A
30. Data Your Web Server IP Address
31. TTL 3600

Make Sure You Follow All Of The Step and take Notes.

it time to trouble shoot

0 sit at the Web server and do the steps below
1 click start at the bottom
2 click all programs
3 click accessories
4 click Command Prompt
5 type ipconfig
6 top ip address is the address of the computer you asign to this this computer
7 the ip address is your subnet that was a sign to your network
8 the last ip address is your routers ip address ( your gateway )
9 type ping then the ip address of the router to if you get a reply back if you do that very good
10 type ping then the ip address of your dns server of your ISP's to see if you get a reply back if so very good
11 do the same thing for all of the Computers on your Network

David, you are gr8 man, good work