On Wed 20 Dec, kevin.taylor(a)powerconv.alstom.com wrote:
A general note: It is advisable to run as little on
your ISP connected box
as you can get away with - so I would recommend that you don't use
the same machine as you are using for Samba if possible.
Yes - and No. It depends what your priorities are. For 'security' there
is definately a potential problem if your 'firewall' machine is also
running as a server (be it web, samba, or other) as it allows external
users access to it. Of course - you may decide that you would like
external access to your servers from home.
As far as 'loading' is concerned you would need a very slow linux box and
a hundred or more busy PC stations before I would start worrying
about impact on performance.
The ideal situation is a single machine doing firewalling/NAT with other
services on other machines - but this is probably more for larger
We have considered separating our NT mail and proxy server simply to guard against
losing both if one fails. Generally Linux is regarded as more stable so
this should not be a problem.
Head of Computing