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Setting up a Client/Server Network?

By bryan_groce ·
The company that I work for is considering getting its own domain and setting up its own network. Right now we are controlled by an outside agency. My question is that I need some ideas on what size server we will need to support our users needs and any other equipment that might be needed. As far as cabling we are ok....everything is already ran. We have two different locations that we would like to connect. The main office has approximately 65 users and the other location that is approximatley 6 blocks from the main office has 50 users. Right now we are just looking into file, application, and printer sharing. The network OS I would like to use needs to come from the Windows 2000 family.....thank you for your help and ideas.

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by nh In reply to Setting up a Client/Serve ...

What you need to look at is the costs & security aspects.As I have no idea how much
information your company is balancing it is difficult to give Server capacities.Using RAID is a must to keep your Data safe in case of crashes,Hardware errors etc.
Consider using a Firewall for security.
Growth is also an aspect so ask yourself how large the Network will increase within the next 5 years it could save your company a lot of cash even if it does mean spending more primarily.As far as Servers goI would
personally choose one for each area of application.
i.e.
Print Server,File Server (Back-up Server-A must) and whatever services you need to support.
Also integrate a couple of UPS`s to protect yourself from power cuts or surges.
Ask yourself how long it would take if the power goes before it will be back again.Maybe talk to an electrician or your local electricity board.
Good luck.

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by McKayTech In reply to Setting up a Client/Serve ...

A lot of the decisions will necessarily be budget-based, but based on what you've said, this is what I think would serve you well:

Two servers - one at each site. For your number of users, the CPU speed is less important than the drive array andRAM but I would usually start with a server that has lots of upgrade potential for additional CPUs, etc. Hardware RAID-5 should be a given. I like the Compaq ML370 line for this size of installation.

Switches/hubs - I assume you have these already but if not, start with FastEthernet switches that are stackable for future expansion. In planning switch capacity, assume 1 port for every user and add maybe another port for every four users for printers and other network devices. With your numbers, perhaps 96 ports at the main office and 72 ports at the other office.

Routers - A router for each location with an interface (either internal or external) for the leased line.

Power protection - Don't scrimp on the UPS units for the servers - plan on at least 1400VA rating.

OS - Windows2000 Server or Advanced Server, SP1. Windows2000 Server would meet your current need but if the price difference is not huge, I would start out with Advanced Server.

regards!

paul

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by bryan_groce In reply to Setting up a Client/Serve ...

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When considering connection between offices
and especially for the number of users you have. Definitely switches are well worth the investment as suggested.

Look at the routers which will give you excellent firewall capabilities. Cisco has developed good firewall across their range of products. Bandwidths will be determined by the applications you are running.
It would be best to locate the internet connection at your largest site.
Purchase routers with future expansion in mind. Will you be running Digital Audio, Digital Video, Voice and Data?

If reduncancy is an issue you might consider what WAN backup you use and if one site is a disaster recovery site for the other.

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When considering connection between offices
and especially for the number of users you have. Definitely switches are well worth the investment as suggested.

Look at the routers which will give you excellent firewall capabilities. Cisco has developed good firewall across their range of products. Bandwidths will be determined by the applications you are running.
It would be best to locate the internet connection at your largest site.
Purchase routers with future expansion in mind. Will you be running Digital Audio, Digital Video, Voice and Data?

If reduncancy is an issue you might consider what WAN backup you use and if one site is a disaster recovery site for the other.

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