Corporate Network Setup - SEEK ADVICE!

January 2, 2013 at 13:04:57
Specs: Windows SERVER 2012
Hi everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your families!

We are examining the best practices in designing a multi-server corporate network with the following:

We need:

1. A main domain controller (AD, DNS, DHCP)
2. A secondary domain controller (AD Replication, BDNS, Split DHCP Pools)
3. A Dynamics CRM Server
4. A Sharepoint Server
5. SQL Server
6. Exchange Server
7. Lync Server
8. File Server
9. IIS

Users are around 50 and a single .local domain. Latest software to be used. We would really appreciate it if someone could provide a short network diagram of the above Servers situation.

How would you setup a network with the above information in terms of:

1. Hardware requirements for each server setup
2. Software combining among the servers
3. Possible virtualization scenarios
4. Possible VLANs creation
5. Raid Configurations
6. Clustering Scenarios

Should you need more information from us please let us know.

Thank you all in advance for your time and help!

With Respect
IT Team

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January 2, 2013 at 13:31:48
I'd sack the IT Team and hire one that know what they are doing.

Except, I suspect this is homework.

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January 2, 2013 at 13:45:30
Dear ijack,

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

Since you seem to know quite a lot, we would like to hear your opinion on the subject:-)

Kind Regards

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January 2, 2013 at 14:37:46
The reason ijack commented that this sounds like a homework question is because it does. And, we don't do other people's homework for them having done our own in the past.

I know, speaking from personal experience, you'll learn far more, retain it much better, and be able to access the info easier, if you do the work yourself.

Just FYI, any "IT Team" worth the gunpowder it takes to blow them to hell, wouldn't need help wtih this project. Using the phrase "IT Team" was the biggest tell that this is homework.

I suggest if you're going to continue with the lazy way of getting an answer that you try on a different site and next time, don't use "IT Team". Maybe try saying "I just got hired on with this small startup company as their only IT person and I'm having problems with the project at hand..." or something along those lines. That's a LOT more believable than "IT Team" ROFLMAO

Most professionals will still spot this as a homework question but feel free to try.

It will probably be quicker to just do it yourself. It will certainly be of more benefit to you to do so.

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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January 2, 2013 at 15:41:23
Gee if you could get complete network designs from forum's like these a lot of professional IT folks who spent years learning this stuff would be out of a job.

Your best design starts with the business plan of the corporation.

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January 3, 2013 at 12:45:18
Dear all,

with due respects, we would at least expect from you to hear or possibly share some of your own life experiences on a network design of the sort above, something that could possibly help other people and colleagues as well with their own endeavors and projects in the broad field of IT.

It was my own private initiative of the IT team to post this thread online here, and frankly, i am really sad and speechless of the outcome of your criticism.

Speaking of me, I am personally doing my homework over 20 years now and this does not mean that i know everything. On the contrary! Yes, i am a dedicated professional in my field with strong ethics and a team-worker and have never denied any help to any of the people that i interact with.

Anyways, i think that whoever has read your posts will understand more...

To SITE OWNER(S): I would like to thank the admins and moderators on this site that published our thread.



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January 3, 2013 at 14:19:44
If you want to pretend to be a professional IT person then act professionally. If you are unable to design a network setup yourself then hire someone who is competent to do so and will do a proper analysis of your business and its needs.

Don't rely on advice from strangers on an Internet forum who know nothing about your company and its particular requirements. A proper network setup is too important for that. Don't scrimp on costs by trying to wing it - your business will likely not survive the year if you do that.

For God's sake - you are paid (or claim to be) to do this sort of work and you're asking us to design it for you!

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January 3, 2013 at 14:51:18
Also with all due respect not only design it but put together the various scenerios without knowing the ...

business plan
location layout(s)

and lots of other criteria that would be needed to produce the proper choices.

It's like throwing a bunch of auto parts into a garage and asking a mechanic to build a car. Simply not realistic which again calls into question what this post is about.

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January 9, 2013 at 09:31:01
Dear all,

I developed interest in this case after reading through the questioniar's request and analysis. Now, my question is directed to all other contributors/commentators of this scenario and is ' WHY THESE RESPOSES?' at least this forum is meant for solving other peoples' problem. More so, majority of contributors to this request are of high rank on this forum. What is happen?

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January 9, 2013 at 10:22:01
We responded how we did because we all believed this to be a homework question.

If you read back through each response, you'll see that we state our feeling that this is a homework question and also, in most cases, explain why we feel that way. So I'm not going to repeat something that's already there in black and white for you to read.

On a personal level, I'm happy to help with real life problems. But having done my post secondary eduction and all the associated homework at the time....I have no interest in doing somebody elses now.

Also, you don't learn anything if someone else gives you the answer, you learn by figuring it out for yourself.

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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January 9, 2013 at 11:19:40
azedas101 perhaps you could provide an answer in the format and depth you would expect if you were asking this question?

In other words how would you answer the OPs questions???

As you say these forums are for solving problems. Are they also for extensive consulting services and are you aware of all the work behind the requested recommendations?

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January 9, 2013 at 13:56:34
It seems as though if it is a corporate level setup, that it would make more sense for the original poster to work in person with a paid professional. There are so many levels of setup involved that direct communication with some one who can set something like this would be the only thing that would make sense.

Not only that but it seems as though the company would need to hire someone to manage said infrastructure. I am sure if there is a specific piece that the origional poster is attempting to figure out that there are multiple people who would be happy to attempt to assist.

This however might get you started out on an optional foot however.

:: mike

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January 9, 2013 at 23:02:48
Okay. I can understand the logic.

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January 10, 2013 at 03:24:05
Just to add my two cents as I was the first to suspect homework.

I actually find it impossible to believe that someone who has risen to the post of "IT CEO" would post such a question. It just doesn't make sense to let your business be hostage to the advice of a bunch of unknown Internet posters. A real (or, at least, a responsible real) IT CEO would either have staff on the payroll to do this sort of work or would engage a professional consultant to advise him. The costs of doing so are minimal compared to the potential losses of an ill-thought-out solution.

Hence my conclusion that this is a student asking for help with coursework. If that was stated from the outset I would be prepared to give some hints and pointers. But I am not going to be hoodwinked and I am not about to offer professional consulting services at no charge to a commercial concern.

If I am wrong, then I sincerely hope that those in charge of this corporation see this thread - they need to find a new "IT CEO" as soon as possible.

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January 10, 2013 at 07:28:00
I actually am enjoying this thread. I hope that this will explain our behaviour to anybody else who doesn't get why we didn't help this poster.

If you closely examine the original's phrased exactly like a question out of a text book. To me it looks as though all the numbered parts were copied/pasted right out of the question with only minimal changes to the first sentence, the paragraph between the numbered portions, and the stuff after the numbers.

The format, and kind of information requested is "text book" and these exact types of questions are the norm in most text books. But, this isn't the "norm" in the real world.

I know of no existing businesses that have been in business for any amount of time that are going to completely redo their entire server farm and domain like this. It just doesn't happen.

Also, "IT CEO" is a tell as well. I know of no such title. Perhaps others have seen or heard of this but where I'm from it's "CIO" which is "Chief Information Officer"

I suspect the OP did a little checking here, or has asked his question elsewhere without disguising it as a request from an "IT Team" abd discovered that most of us "helper" types won't do lazy people's homework for them. So he posted here attempting to fool us into thinking this wasn't his homework.

One last thing. If I, as a professional, was so lousy at my job that I had to go online and ask someone for this kind of help, I'd be too embarassed to admit I was supposedly a professional to sign off as "IT Team" or anything related. I'd try and pretend I was a kid in school stuck on a homework

Only a student would pretend to be a professional like this because they don't get that if they were, it woudl mean they're a completely incompetent professional. In in this case, a "team" of incompetents...........LOL

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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