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By scott ·
Heres the scoop. I am in a small business where the person prior to me setup a Win 98 peer to peer network with ics. We are currently experiencing growth and we are fianlly getting ISDL (too far from switch for DSL). We currently have 6 client machines. I would like to know of any good books on how to transition from a peer to peer network to a dedicated true client/server Network Environment. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Feel free to e-mail me directly @ scott@clintongroup.net

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by TomM In reply to Network Transition

Client/Server means many things to many people. I think we would need more information from you before I could make a real recommendation. What are the applications you are running? What type of business is this? What is your expected growth? What are the problems with your current configuration that you are trying to solve?

If your are looking at file and print sharing with centralized backups, I would start by looking for books on Windows NT/Win2000 server.

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by kent.manley In reply to Network Transition

From what you've described, I would say that your best bet is something like Microsoft's Network Administrator Training. While you may not go with a 100% Microsoft network, the information there should be enough to help you make some decisions.

Also, it sounds like you are trying to recover from some (and plan for some more) growth. Whatever you put in there, make sure it's buzzword compliant, i.e., manageable, configurable, etc.

BTW, your IDSL router is probably capable of doing NATP (network address translation) and basic firewalling; that's a good start, because then you can set up the network "behind" it, and as your needs change, you can change out that equipment as "needed."

Kent

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by NetWill In reply to Network Transition

I think more information are required in order to give you suggestions.

What kind of applications are you going to use?
What is the network traffic flow going to be?
What is the business plan going to be(more PC, server, sites)?

My guess is you network should look something like:

Router (ie. Cisco 802) with NAT
Ethernet LAN with switch (if possible)
NT/W2K servers (application, email, domain)

As for books, get books on Cisco or Microsoft
such as
Cisco Certifed Design Associate
Microsoft Windows 2000 or NT networking/server

hope this helps!

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