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By joecrutcher ·
I am a newly trained IT professional, just graduated in May. It seems however that every task I undertake is a little over my head. My first was not too difficult I set up a simple peer to peer LAN in a corporate facitliy. Second, a VPN solution between two geographic locations. Now, I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I will be designing and implementing the entire corporate IT infrastructure. Im not really sure where to start. Then entire project is in my hands and right now in my career they are pretty small.

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by pschuvie In reply to Overwhelming

Any overwhelming project becomes more clear when you start breaking it into parts that then lead to information which in turn leads to solutions.

Simple understandings like -

What exactly is in place now - detailed - this often is the biggesthole in a change process. And is an absolute in good engineering.

What works currently but needs improvement to be current, work better or meet new future business needs. Business unit department level inputs.

What doesn't work - or works socumbersome that it might as well not work.

What are the business goals that are not being met. Various levels of management need to be polled.

What are the expectations at various levels and what level of technology sophistication is requiredto meet them.

Then as some of those things start fitting into place you get the "word" out to existing vendors or suppliers and even some of their competitors, that change is in the wind. You can find a lot of seasoned big hands available at little, if any, direct cost to you when the potential for added business is known. Especially now when everyone is hurting for new business. You don't have to end up buying anything, just manage the process of idea shopping and preliminary proposals.I've had entire engineering studies offered up that weren't actually acted upon for a couple years. Still the proposed plan was a good road map.

Hope that alleviates some of your concern. Oh and of course, there probably are lots of hands that are right next to you that are willing to participate that just don't want to be in charge.

So as they say "this is what you trained for son, now go out there and do it".

Good Luck

Also as you go along sites such as this where as you developeither specific questions or points for pro/con debates can tap a wide wide world of experience. Just never be afraid to ask.

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by rapidad In reply to Overwhelming

I concur with Joe, however one caviate, dont go thowing around your corporate design particulars, you never know who is listening. Given that, where would you like to start. Have they asked for specifics? Are you going to setup a UNIX/Linux (go Solaris) based network server or Windows (I like Win 2000 Advanced myself). If you already have equipment, you should have an account rep for that equipment and they can be a real help.
coporate servers
1. PDC
2. BDC
3. Mail Server
4. File Server
5. SAN (NAS)
6. Security level
Ask away,

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