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Setting Up a Network

By m.campbell ·
Hi there,

I work for a charitable organisation in Scotland. I have had excellent advice on Network Management before from TechRepublic. I have another query.

We have a new centre opening soon. It shall have 28 PC's and 1 server. We have purchased SBS 2003 (Premium) as the Operating System for the server. We are about to set up the equipment. We also have a main centre which has 60 users and 3 seperate servers running Windows 2000 (DNS Server), Exchange 2000 and ISA Server. I was wondering how we will go about connecting the new centre to the DNS server and if it is possible to connect SBS 2003 to the main WAN network. The new centre shall have to connect to the main site so users can access their files, gain access to email and internet access.

Hope you can offer guidance.

Thanks in advance.


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by mshavrov In reply to Setting Up a Network

First of all, you should do "traffic study". What applications do you have. What is installed on PCs and what is on the servers. How much traffic do you have between servers and PCs during a regular day (morning, afternoon, peak hours, etc.). Doing this you will realize what kind of traffic you should expect on your WAN link. You can use sniffer to watch PCs and servers.

Second, what options are available from the providers in your area and how much they cost. Options and prices may vary from "wow" to "u-ps...". It may be Frame Relay, leased lines, ATM, VPN, fiber, DWDM, etc.

As part of the design you should, probably, change PC software to have as much as possible on PC, some applications could be copied/moved to the new server, users directories definately should be moved, etc. You should try to minimize traffic as much as possible.

Monitor your link for utilization. If you will see bottleneck, try to identify, what protocol or application eats your bandwidth, and try to re-design system.

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