Sharing an Internet Connection with Windows Server 2003

Microsoft server products such as Windows Server 2003 also provide you with the ability to share an Internet connection on a small network. In effect, the Windows server acts as a proxy server supplying the connection to other computers on the network (proxy servers are discussed in the next section).

Setting up Windows Server 2003 to share an Internet connection is very straightforward (almost as straightforward as setting up Internet sharing on a Windows operating system such as Windows 2000 or XP). You configure the network connection that is configured with the public IP address and connected to the Internet service provider.

Right-click on the network connection (it can be a Dial-up, LAN, or High Speed Internet connection) that will be configured for the public IP address (it can be a network card with a fixed IP address or configured as a DHCP client or a modem) and will provide the connection to the Internet. Select Properties from the shortcut menu. The Properties dialog box will open . Select the Advanced tab on the connection's Properties dialog box. Figure 15.4 shows the Advanced tab of a connection's Properties dialog box.

Figure 15.4. Microsoft servers can also share an Internet connection.


On the Advanced tab, select Allow Other Network Users to Connect Through This Computer's Internet Connection. Click OK to close the dialog box.

A message box will open, letting you know that the LAN connection for the server will be set to This is an automatic address and should remind you to set up all the computers in the workgroup for dynamic IP address configuration so that they also are assigned an address in the same range of private addresses.



You will also have to configure Web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator on the computers that will use the shared Internet connection (don't do this on the computer that supplies the shared connection). Oddly enough, for connection sharing to work with the Web browser, you need to be sure that features such as the automatic detection of the proxy server or the use of a proxy server are not selected. You also want to disable dial-up features provided by the browser so that it does not attempt to automatically dial a connection of its own.



Windows Server 2003 also provides a basic firewall that can be configured to help negate outside access to the server that is providing the Internet connection to the network. Firewalls are discussed in Chapter 20, "A Network Security Primer."

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Networking
Absolute Beginners Guide to Networking (4th Edition)
ISBN: 0789729113
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 188
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