Solved Brainstorming creation of school computer lab LAN questions

April 20, 2013 at 19:39:34
Specs: Windows 7
I was brainstorming how I would create a school computer lab and came up with a plan. I was wondering if anyone could A)Tell me if I missed anything and B) Answer my questions.

Here is the set up:

There are 80 computers. 10 Computers per island. I initially set up the hardware (Connect monitor to the back of the PC, mouse, keyboard and connect the computer to the power.) I also plug in an RJ-45 ethernet cable to the network port and leave the cable hanging on the other end on all of the PCs.

I then install Windows 7 on the computers and set DHCP and DNS settings.
Question #1 : What is the benefit of having your own DNS server? (Versus using your ISP's?) and how would I go about setting one up?

I then add the computers to a Domain. Question #2: What is the point of a Domain?
I then download Windows Updates.
I then set up a Firewall.
I then install any Software.
I then create an image of the OS.
Question #3: What is the benefit of having seperate Subnets?

There are 10 computers connected to 1 switch. 80 Computers total and 8 switches.

Question #4 :Is it recommended that I connect 8 ethernet cables to one router?

I then connect an 81st computer directly to the Router.
Question #5: How do I set up this computer to be an " Admin Main Server " which is "In charge" of the 80 PCs?

Question #6 : Will I be able to see the 80 computers and set user permissions/rights/reset passwords on the "Admin Main Server" if it is connected to the router?


Thanks for your time.

Bonus questions:

Do UPS' connect to the router/switch or each individual PC?
Remedy Ticketing software has to be configured so a network can access the tickets, how is this done?


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#1
April 20, 2013 at 20:12:51
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1) Typically ISP's won't do DHCP for a LAN since it's easy enough to buy a SOHO router and have it do DHCP for you, or setup a DHCP server yourself within your LAN. For example, say you create an Windows based Active Directory domain. The DC will be able to do DHCP for your domain.

2) Google is your friend. I suggest you research "workgroup" as versus "domain"

3) Without a specific reason for multiple subnets, there is no reason to do it. Again, google is your friend.

4) I've never seen a SOHO router that had 8 LAN ports. For more than 4 connections you would buy a switch with enough ports for what you need (and a few extra's to allow for growth) and you would connect it to the router and the clients in turn would connect to the switch.

5) You don't have to. Any computer within the domain (assuming you go with a domain) could be used for admin purposes. Admin level access (in a domain) depends on group membership and/or account level access (ie: domain admin as vs. user level accounts)

6) In a domain environment and logging into the domain with a "domain admin" level account (for example) would allow you what you need.

Bonus:

Switches/router = yes
Client PC's = no (too many)

Depends on the software.

This is just my opinion but, you don't seem to know enough about the technologies in question to do this job. I recommend you hire a qualified professional and pay them to set this up for you.

6)

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
April 21, 2013 at 13:17:57
Question #1 : What is the benefit of having your own DNS server?
Question #2: What is the point of a Domain?
Question #3: What is the benefit of having seperate Subnets?
Question #4 :Is it recommended that I connect 8 ethernet cables to one router?
Question #5: How do I set up this computer to be an " Admin Main Server " which is "In charge" of the 80 PCs?
Question #6 : Will I be able to see the 80 computers and set user permissions/rights/reset passwords on the "Admin Main Server" if it is connected to the router?

Bonus questions:

Question #7: Do UPS' connect to the router/switch or each individual PC?
Question #8: Remedy Ticketing software has to be configured so a network can access the tickets, how is this done?


The rest of your post is just fluff to try to disguise the fact that you want us to do your homework assignment.

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