I am trying to build a nation wide network

July 28, 2009 at 09:52:38
Specs: Windows XP
Ok I know that might sound stupid, but here we go
I Just got a job in a company where we have computer laps all over the country
I need a simple way to connect all these computers to one server in one location
can some one help me with that

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#1
July 28, 2009 at 10:19:27
Easy.

Install a T1 or DSL internet link at the home office.
Buy and connect a vpn firewall device like Sonicwall provides [google sonicwall].
Configure the sonicwall vpn connections for the users
Send the users the sonicwall vpn client software to be installed.

the users connect to the internet as they usually do then run the client to connect to the firewall and be authenicated.

In our case we use MS terminal servers with Citrix for them to then connect to so they can access all the network resources assigned to them.

This means after they run the vpn client and get connected to the network they then run the Citrix client to connect to Terminal Services.

Works great.


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#2
July 28, 2009 at 10:20:20
VPN (Virtual Private Network is your answer)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtua...

Stuart


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#3
July 28, 2009 at 12:58:07
The question would be more what resources do you need to have access to. A simple sftp/ssh would be easy for files.

There are other ways to access remote desktops and such.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#4
July 28, 2009 at 13:11:38
I don't want them to access the internet I just want them acces the a certain program.
is that something I can do or is there is anyway that I can just give them permision to access the internet just to access this program and bloc EVERYTHING else
by the way I would have atleast 500 clients if not a 1000

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#5
July 28, 2009 at 13:39:29
"I don't want them to access the internet"

Then your dream is dead.

How do you think a remote user is going to access your network and a program on your network remotely?

Before the internet there was dialup. In your case you would need a modem bank of 500-1000 modems. Additonally you would need a toll free number with 500-1000 phone numbers off that in hunt so they could make long distance calls with no cost to them.

In the modern world, with folks traveling, stayin at hotels with internet access or conferance centers with internet access everyone vpns into their corporate network to run programs and check email either via a corporate mail server or an internet hosted mail server.

The internet is the road that transports what the user is doing to your network. Even ssh has to go thru the internet. VPNs are better in my opinion.

I would add that with 500-1000 users you need an enterprise solution and this will be in the 10's if not 100,000's of dollars.

You would need multiple internet connections and multiple vpn firewalls to handle just the incoming access not to mention what you need behind the firewalls to support their network access.

Consider instead of contracting for web hosting and have a ISP host your program. Users would still need internet access though they could be restricted to just that site which hopefully would also provide mail services. This will still cost you many $1000s per month.


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#6
July 28, 2009 at 15:06:21
cant I just use the VPN method and give them permision to use only that program

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#7
July 28, 2009 at 15:23:04
another thing lets say I am not gonna go with the VPN I am just going to make small lan networks in each facility and then I want to make sure that I can monitor all these computers and be able to access them from my computer at any time is there any way I can do that beside using VNC or some other software like it

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#8
July 28, 2009 at 15:59:25
*sigh*

You are thinking in peer to peer networking terms. Small scale. I couldn't even imagine trying to just 500-1000 vnc connections.

Additonally your users would not be running the program on their laptop/pc but on whatever "server" you setup to run the program they were vnc-ing into.

This solution would not scale to the amount of users you propose.

So what is going on here? Is this a homework assignment? I can't believe any corporation with that many users would be looking at vnc as a solution.

What is the story here?


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#9
July 29, 2009 at 06:29:07
its not a home work or anything like that I seriously got a new job
I got great experience with small scale networking and I wanted to upgrade the way this company works
we have facilities all over the US
and I would be in charge of all that
so I need help
I know alot of ways to do that but I was thinking some one might have a more efficient way
we build computer laps all over the country and I need to be able to monitor all this and be able to connect to any of them at any moment
plus I need to prevent them from using anything but one program thats the whole deal

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#10
July 29, 2009 at 08:18:21
where is the program hosted?
how are they using the program now?
how do these facilities communicate now?
why the need to prevent internet access?

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#11
July 29, 2009 at 09:05:35
where is the program hosted?
No Idea, I havnt started yet I will know all that when I start
how are they using the program now?
no Idea
how do these facilities communicate now?
They Don't
why the need to prevent internet access?
its schools and I dont want them to be able to use face book and emails and stuff like that

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#12
July 29, 2009 at 09:18:33
"its schools and I dont want them to be able to use face book and emails and stuff like that"

You engage local policies but the main brunt of the control is at the firewall at each school. I would expect the local IT depts have all of this under control.

Learn how things work and why before you consider making any changes. Haste makes waste.


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#13
July 29, 2009 at 09:30:48
I dont think they have IT depts and I am sure they dont have it under control because that was one of the problems I was told I am going to have to face when I start

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#14
July 29, 2009 at 10:47:32
Wanderer is right.

He said, "Learn how things work and why before you consider making any changes." and at this moment in time, this is the best advice you can get.

You're putting your cart ahead of the horse.

Start your job. Assess the setup of the local site where you'll be working and then all remote sites. Then, and only then, can you begin to plan how to set them all up to communicate.


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#15
July 29, 2009 at 12:09:49
thank you guys
I just needed to get some Ideas thats all you all been great

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#16
July 29, 2009 at 12:15:27
Glad we could help.

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