How to setup a Computer Institue Network?

By fnkthompson ·

I am setting up the network for the computer institue I work for. We are discarding the old network and are going for a new network and I have to submit a proposal to the management for review.

For your information there will be 2 Computer Labs with 60 computers in each Lab. The staffroom will have 20 computers. The Accounts department will have 5 computers. All the departments are in the same building with just 2 floors. It will be a wired network. All computers should have access to the Internet. There will be a printer each in the 2 Labs, staffroom & accounts department which has to be shared with their respective network. The Lab computers will run MS Office, Adobe software etc. Likewise the the staffroom and accounts department computers will also have to run MS Office, Adobe software as well as custom accounting software from the server. We will be using Windows Server 2003 and are inclined to use IBM servers due to a partnership. Cost isn't a major issue and the management is willing to spend to set this up rightly in the first place. We have also decided to use PCs rather than thin clients

1. What are the equipments I need for each lab, staff room, account department?

2. What should be the ideal Network Topology for each section and then for the whole LAN?

3. How many servers do we need? Is it necessary to have seperate servers for each lab? Then what about the staff room and accounts department? Do we have to have a seperate server for data? Then for print servers, mail servers etc can we use the same servers or do we need sperate servers (will this be an overkill for this situation)

5. For Internet connection is it better to get the connection to the server and then share it with the departments? What are your thoughts on this?

6. Am I missing out on anything else in setting this up?

Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions to me as soon as possible considering I have to prepare the proposal for submission this week.


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