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How we did it: Microsoft RRAS and CISCO 2514

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Network World, 1/12/98

We installed RRAS on a Pentium-based 200-MHz server with 128M bytes of RAM running Windows NT 4 Service Pack 3. We used 3Com Corp. 3C905 32-bit (100M bit/sec) Parallel Tasking PCI adapters to connect to two Ethernet segments.

The Cisco 2514 routed data between two Ethernet segments at 10M bit/sec. Both RRAS and the 2514 were configured to route IP and IPX traffic.

We configured the two segments as follows:

Subnet 0 hosted the NT server running RRAS. It supported three clients, one NT server running as a Web site and another NT Server running Micro-soft SQL Server and performing DNS services.

Subnet 1 hosted nine clients, one NetWare 4.11 server and one NT Server running as a WINS and DHCP server.

Our first test was a simple backup of data from the network management station on Subnet 0 to servers on the other subnets. Next, we had the clients on Subnet 0 access the Internet and perform FTP and HTTP operations. We used Wilson WindowWare, Inc.'s WinBatch97 to generate traffic between clients and the servers. We also tested both products' ability to filter access to confidential company data files hosted on the RRAS server.

We used a Fluke Corp. OneTouch Network Assistant and Microsoft's Systems Management Server Version 1.2 to monitor network traffic during our tests. Detailed packet analysis was performed using A.G. Group, Inc.'s EtherPeek packet analysis software.

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