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31 PC + 1 Server...

By cyberghost_1 ·
Here is the SITREP (Situation Report) 8P
I have a setup of a network with 31 local user PC's, 1 Server, 1024Kbps Cable Internet Connection and a connection to 17 nationwide offices. The company already has the PC's, but we might swap out for new ones. Here is what I need to know: What hardware do I need? i.e. I know that the Modem should go connected to a Router then to the Server or would I connect to a 36 Port Gigabit Switch then the Server and User PC's....
To make it short, what are the basic elements that I need in Hardware and a step by step of the connections... ASAP PLEASE.....THANKS

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by BFilmFan In reply to 31 PC + 1 Server...

Your hardware needs depend on what server and workstation OS you plan to use. Your WAN design will depend on your user count/traffic load from each site.

Truly need more information to assist.

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by Net Designer In reply to 31 PC + 1 Server...

ISP->Cable Modem->Router with NAT->Switch. Users' workstations and server connect to the switch.
To share one Internet connection among users, you need router with Network Address Translation (NAT). If you are looking to host any services (e-mail, FTP, Web, etc.) that must be available from Internet, you need router that also supports Port Translation. Most routers nowadays do support both functions and more. On a cheap side, look into Linksys. Great products of Cisco quality and low-end prices. Router must have DHCP enabled in order to supply IP addresses to the client workstation. Set up the server with static IP though. Regarding NAT - read here for starters: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/nat.htm

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by CG IT In reply to 31 PC + 1 Server...

As BFilm says need more information.

you mention a connection to 17 nationwide offices? How? Over the internet? dedicated line? ISDN? What are the security requirements? individually and collectively? Is this a forest of domains? locally, how are you setting up the network? e.g. physical topology? are you grouping pcs in subnets by department/physical location?

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I asked about forest of domains because there are 17 nationwide offices. Is this one site going to be its own domain within the 17 nationwide office forest of domains? Is replication over the WAN required? You need a failover to ISDN should the cable go out? Whats the budget like?

All this needs to be take in consideration when determining what equipment to buy and how to setup your LAN and WAN connections.

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by CG IT In reply to

Windows 2003 Server if their network is Windows based. IF the current server you'll be dealing with is NT4 theres a migration path to follow for going to Windows 2003 Server.

Since all your doing is just moving stuff no biggie there but if the entire enterprise network is NOT Active Directory and you plan on going to Active Directory, someone has to plan out the enterprise domain structure e.g. offices being their own domains, those domains are part of a domain tree and those trees in the domain forest etc.
let us know what else you find out.

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by mikex In reply to 31 PC + 1 Server...

It will looks like this:

Cable modem=>Router=>Managed Switch (you can divide Internet speed to the users - 31 users is a big amount for only 1MB inernet)=>Server and PC's

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