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By iradalys ·
Can you recommend a LAN type with which I can have a centralized server that provides data security and fault tolerance. Please make a recommendation on the type, brand, hardware needed. Your description should include the equipment needed for the server and the workstations.

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by spiceman In reply to Lan Types

A good LAN type is to use Windows 2000 server on a compaq server or workstation. Hardware really depends on no of users - less than 20 or is it for 300 users or more!

High end server for many users, a low end workstation for only a handful of users. The PCs attached can use any operating system such as Windows 98, me, NT or 2000 professional. Have the server with a least 512 MB of Ram and each workstation with at least 128 MB Ram. Compaqs and HP are both good. You need a 10BaseT network cards (3Com or Intel brand are good) one for each PC including the server. You need a hub to cater for all the work stations. If the PCs are scattered you need cabling done by cablers. Use 10BaseT (telephone type) cabling.

You need to install and thenadminister the user and set naming and password standards.

Good luck

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by DRDON In reply to Lan Types

If there is no existing LAN infastructure in place, the design to the physical layout should mirror the physical layout of the organization. If this is a one office layout, ethernet 10Bt is recommended. If this is a campus environment, multi floors, multi buildings in close proximity, then 10Bt with a fibre backbone. As far as the hardware for the server, based on the Operating System used, and the number of users would determine the requirements. Using Compaq servers, you can do Netware Clustering or NT Clustering with NT/2000 advanced server. Workstations, Compaq EPs or if applications are "servred" to the user, the iPaq as a Thin Client.
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by wgliniecki In reply to Lan Types

A Compaq Proliant server with two 100Mb uplinks to Cisco Catalyst switch.
100Mb links to Compaq desktops (or 10Mb if you don't care about speed)
Cabling UnshieldedTwistedPair category 5.
Computer, server and switch model strongly depends on your needs (speed, number of nodes, scalability etc)

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by tbradley In reply to Lan Types

pretty wide open question. the first several that come to mind are
1 building or multiple buildings
1 site or 1 and remote sites
1 room, or entire building
applications to be run
network services desired, ie printing, intranet, etc
total number of users

its impossible to answer without at least a starting point.

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