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By fkameka ·
Hi all,

I am a new hire Network Manager for a technology charter middle and high school. I start work in 3 weeks and my key job functions are:

1. Administer LAN for middle and High School.
2. Develop and maintain WAN connecting all sites.
3. Purchase, install, and maintain all necessary digital hardware.
4. Select, install, and maintain all necessary digital software.
5. Design a system allowing for basic "Distance Learning".
6. Plan and implement the technology necessary for "Internet Broadcasting"
7. Create and maintain the system of New Technology Charter School communication via email.

The main functions of the technological curriculum offered are:
1. Web and Video Game Design(Development)
2. Digital Production
3. Internet Broadcasting/Computer Arts-With this the students will develop and create blogs, podcasting, desktop audio, and video editing. It also entails creating a internet TV and Radio Broadcast. The TV network and Radio broadcast consists of Internet Broadcasting and Digital Production classes.

I have to develop and manage a WAN networking system that combine these technologies.The two schools have a LAN network each. I have to connect the schools by developing a WAN link. Please help!!!!!

Thanks for the help and hope to hear from you soon,

Felliecia

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by CG IT In reply to WAN design

ok simple question

can you

2. Develop and maintain WAN connecting all sites.

if you answer no, then you ought to quit while your ahead because your in over your head. Job sounds great but if you can't perform then sooner or later the powers that be will find out.

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by fkameka In reply to

CG IT,WOW!! That's pretty forward of you!! Your response was not very helpful or encouranging!! Anyway I can develop and maintain a WAN, I just needed some suggestions on how to incorporate Distance learning and internet broadcasting into the WAN network.

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by fkameka In reply to

CG IT,WOW!! That's pretty forward of you!! Your response was not very helpful or encouranging!! Anyway I can develop and maintain a WAN, I just needed some suggestions on how to incorporate Distance learning and internet broadcasting into the WAN network.

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by MrsX In reply to WAN design

Yeah if you have no experience with this I would run now...............yikes (covers head)

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by fkameka In reply to

Mrs X your response wasn't very helpful or encouraging. I do have some experience,I need assistance just like most when starting off a career. I understand and know the basics of maintaining and developing a WAN connection. I needed advice on how to incorporate Distance Learning and Internet Broadcasting into the network design!!!

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by fkameka In reply to

Mrs X your response wasn't very helpful or encouraging. I do have some experience,I need assistance just like most when starting off a career. I understand and know the basics of maintaining and developing a WAN connection. I needed advice on how to incorporate Distance Learning and Internet Broadcasting into the network design!!!

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by manser In reply to WAN design

A company such as AAPT can supply and configure the hardware for the WAN links, after discussing issues such as traffic requirements and what you need to use the links for.

They will give you ranges of TCP/IP addresses for each of your LANs, subnet masks, and gateway addresses, which need to be configured for your workstations. It is common to assign static IP addresses for servers (ie configure each individually), and to configure DHCP on one server on each LAN to assign IP configurations to each workstation.

You may also need to do a short course on the subject, though AAPT or similar organisations could assist you on a consultancy basis.

The biggest mistake you can make is to commit to a budget before you have researched the costs of everything and then find that the budget is insufficient.

In your budget proposal you will need to include the cost of consultants and training.

If you get good advice on what training you need and include it in the budget, then you can learn the skills you need on the job.

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by manser In reply to WAN design

A company such as AAPT can supply and configure the hardware for the WAN links, after discussing issues such as traffic requirements and what you need to use the links for.

They will give you ranges of TCP/IP addresses for each of your LANs, subnet masks, and gateway addresses, which need to be configured for your workstations. It is common to assign static IP addresses for servers (ie configure each individually), and to configure DHCP on one server on each LAN to assign IP configurations to each workstation.

You may also need to do a short course on the subject, though AAPT or similar organisations could assist you on a consultancy basis.

The biggest mistake you can make is to commit to a budget before you have researched the costs of everything and then find that the budget is insufficient.

In your budget proposal you will need to include the cost of consultants and training.

If you get good advice on what training you need and include it in the budget, then you can learn the skills you need on the job.

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by CG IT In reply to WAN design

I'll be blunt. My suggestion was not to be helpful in providing a solution to your problem of design or to provide "how to" to do the job that you were hired to do.

just as I don't provide school kids looking for answers to homework problems.

Bite the bullet, learn or bail.

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by CG IT In reply to

look, if you know WAN design then you should know whats required for on demand broadcast or live unicast media services. These services have been around for quite some time. Windows Server 2000 had Windows Media Services built in. It's just recently [last coulple of years] that the consumer has had affordable broadband [in lieu of dialup] where quality webcasts and on demand video can be provided.

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