Im new here and just starting to learn about windows server, i'm very curious to know regarding the physical topology of a server based network (windows), lets say i want to install a complete feature of a windows server, what would be the physical connection be look like?
I made a sample diagram but do not know if its correct. Hope you can enlighten me up. thank you.

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  • Unfortunately, questions about servers and applications are off-topic here. You could try to ask this question on Server Fault for a business network, or on Super User for a home network.
    – Ron Maupin
    Jun 1, 2016 at 16:00

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It would go modem > firewall/router > switch > server/workstations.

All of the workstations and servers would be plugged into the switch.

  • Indeed. Never use Windows(tm) as a router. That's never worked out well for anyone.
    – Ricky
    Jun 1, 2016 at 18:54
  • does it mean that the best setup would to let the router manage dns and dchp, and just install active directory /AD to the server?
    – ytse_jam
    Jun 2, 2016 at 9:00
  • If you install AD and want a functioning domain, the server with handle DNS (it installs DNS as part of installing AD). You just want a router/firewall to do the routing and to be the default gateway for the server and clients. Jun 2, 2016 at 12:19

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