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Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2 by Stefan Roth, Michael Rice, Robert Panek, John McCabe, Robert Butler, Christian Booth, Kevin Greene, Mark Minasi

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Chapter 20

Advanced IP: Routing with Windows

Why route from Windows? The short answer is because you can, and it will open your eyes to a world previously unseen.

Over a decade ago routers were expensive and it was common for network-savvy companies to use cast-off PCs as cheap routers. For example, by putting a couple of network cards in the PC and installing a copy of Linux, a network engineer could save the company a lot of money on buying a huge chunk of metal from a major network vendor. Even now you can find these distributions lurking on the Internet and still in use in some ISPs.

Routing is a vital part of maintaining a network infrastructure (think about how many VLANs are in your network and how the traffic is routed among them!). It ...

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