How many firewalls do you need?

Tuesday, 1 July 2003, 12:50 PM EST

Let's say you're a really small operation. You've got one server and you want to connect it the Internet. Obviously you're going to need a firewall. Do you need a whole separate system for it?

While many people will say that you should pull out an old 486 box and run IPTables for Linux on it, that's not what most people do. One thing they may do, as envisioned by Microsoft in their recently revealed Small Business Server 2003, is to run the firewall on the same box as their production and web server software.

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