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Network Setup

By han4u_s ·
Respected Helpers
First of all I really appriciate and thanks for your help in providing complete information in related to our Questions.
Here is my Question and i am providing you my requirement in detail. I want to setup small network which contains 1 Server, 10-20 Clients.
1)I want to configure this server for all clients
like Active Directory,dns,dhcp,wins, user policies, group policies, printer sharing, files sharing, and the most important internet connection sharing.
Now, My Question is how to setup this network in the most effective way and
Second, how to make internet connection sharing
Please provide my complete and step by step process for my queries.
I really thankful to you.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Network Setup

Ideally you need a switch for PCs to connect to and connect an ethernet router for access to internet (do not use ICS).
Also, install Windows on server, configure DNS, DHCP and run DCPROMO for AD.
Once AD is setup you can create user accounts, attach PCs etc using AD Users and Computers. Ideally you need Windows XP clients.

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by mendenhallre In reply to Network Setup

I would use a Cisco Pix,for your size either a 501 or 506E, as my gateway appliance this will allow you to share your internet connection and have good firewall protection. There are other vendors that offer slightly cheaper solutions like Hotbrick, sonicwall and symantec. Purchase a 24 or higher port switch. Get printer(s) with network interface(s). This will allow you to setup a tcp/ip port for client box or you could setup a tcp/ip port on you Domain Controller then share the printer off the DC. Next setup your server with either windows 2K or 2K3 server then run DCPROMO this will setup your DNS for you;however once completed you will need to delete your root server directory from DNS. This will allow you to setup root hints and forwarders. Now add your ISP DNS into the forwarders, so you can resolve external sources like ie. Hope this helps you get a start. I am not sure if I could walk you through it step by step with the 2000 word count limit, but i can say some good reading resources are from Microsoft press' Windows 2000 server Administrator's Companion.

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by mendenhallre In reply to

If you are going to use your DC as your DHCP server you will want to disable the DHCP server on your gateway appliance.

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