Hello new to the server environment. Installed W2k3 Enterprise on a test machine. Have DNS, Active Directory, Terminal Services, DHCP, and Print Servers set.up Connected to a Linksys router with RoadRunner cable. Router is not DHCP server and all machines have static IP's. DNS pointing to the test machine then ISP. Everyone can see everything I allow and have Internet access. Planning on installing Exchange 2003 and Web Server 2003 later when I better understand the Server environment. Domain name is xxxxx.xxxxx.local. Tiny 5.1 Server Firewall's up and running with me monitoring ALL machines' log's daily as security is primary. eTrust 7 Server Anti virus up and running too. So far, no intrusions, virus's or Trojans. All machines running XP Pro or Server 2003. Will have a secondary Domain server up when I better understand the environment as would like redundancy. Just a home setup with 2 laptops and 3 desktops.
Do I need to purchase a legitimate Domain name? If I take my laptop (Standard Server 2003) to New York, will I be able to login to the Domain with the .local ending and have access to whatever I have allowed? Can someone living anywhere with either Dial-up or DSL/Cable connections become part of my Domain with the .local ending and I will be able to administer those machines when connected? Will Exchange & Web server's work with .local. There has to be a reason why Domain names are purchased. Want to run the home network as a business type environment with OU's and objects therein. Again, why the need to purchase a Registered Domain name? Advantages? Do I need one?
All help appreciated,
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