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windows 2012 server as router?

slapshot136 6,393 1,756 November 28, 2012 at 07:57 AM
I was wondering if I installed a couple extra NIC's, could I use windows server 2012 as a router? Ideally I would want it to be able to support 2 wan interfaces, 1 lan interface, and wifi, and act as a VPN server (so I could login and have access to all the computers on the lan) + firewall - I know there are linux OS's dedicated to such things, but I need other windows features and would like to use just 1 computer if possible to do all of these things - does anyone know if it's possible/how to set it up?

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WARNING: This is coming from an extreme anti-microsoftie(sp?) Take this opinion as you will.

I would not expose Windows server 2008 to the open net like that. I wont even expose a 'normal' linux/bsd server to the open net like that.
My opinion is you have to HARDEN the carp out of any router systems, there better not be a bit of extraneous software running/installed on it.
My recommendation is use a prebuilt router operating system for this purpose e.g http://pfsense.org/

Now having said, what windows services do you need that you want to put on this? Pfsense can pretty much do everything ... short of running an exchange server/AD server etc.

Again just my opinion, if you disagree... send your rants to /dev/null
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