Setting up Computer Labs

May 13, 2010 at 14:41:46
Specs: Windows 7 Professional

I want to set up a computer lab with two sets of 15 computers. I want each set of 15 to have a separate network that can be controlled separately but only one server. How do I set this up and what is the best type of server to use?

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May 13, 2010 at 14:51:54

One 48 port managed switch would allow you two block to groups of ports off (24 per group) and assign them to separate VLAN. This would separate the two labs.

what is the best type of server to use?

This is kind of an open-ended question. What do you want your server to do? I would suggest Windows 2003 or 2008 depending on what you can afford and what you want to do.

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May 13, 2010 at 16:06:08

You might want to define what you mean by "can be controlled separately "

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May 13, 2010 at 17:10:41

I just need to be able to control the two groups individually. I don't really know much about networking and I need to write a summary of how to set the lab up and a budget of all the things I have to buy. With the switch that you mentioned, would I have to have sets of 24 or can I use the 15 and 15?

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May 13, 2010 at 17:25:36

@wanderer: I just mean I want two separate networks on one server

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May 14, 2010 at 05:13:42

With a managed server you could have whatever variation you want. So yes, you could have two groups of 15 ports if you want.

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