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I have had KWF in operation for some time, running on a W2K3 server. I have a w2K3 AD domain behind the firewall. The server is a not a domain member server.
Workgroup = rather than Domain =

I am interested in the pro's and con's of the server being a Domain Member Server. The main advantage I know of in going as a Domain Member Server is that I can use the AD for authentication.

However, I am nervous of putting the domain that close to the internet. There is no longer a physical seperation of domain computers from the internet. Any opinions?


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The firewall is hardware and it seperates your domain from the internet. On the hardware is software that acts like there is no gap (for the packets that are allowed to pass). So you have hardware to fysically seperate and add software to undo the effect. If the firewall is a domain member or not is not so important. Important is how good the firewall is configured (how well protected is the internet interface). A bad configured firewall is much much worse. If you login on the firewall you do not have to do that with a domain user. You can use a local user for that. Futhermore you can configure the traffic rules to protect the lan interface also (access from firewall to lan). Only allow traffic from firewall to lan that is needed, also only allow traffic from lan to firewaal that is needed.
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