Network Upgrade Project

July 21, 2010 at 09:57:07
Specs: Windows XP
I am writing a proposal to upgrade a high school network and need some assistance. Here is the senario:

Situation:
-Exisiting peer network (Windows XP Professional on "server")
-Star topology (Cat. 5 UTP)
-Fast Ethernet Switches (10/100)
-Wireless connection to Internet Service Provider

71 computers: Library building -20
Main Building -10
Computer Lab Bldg. -20
Cyber Center -10
Science Bldg. -10
Office behind Auditorium -1

-Network is used for shared Internet Access (via wireless link to ISP) and custom school management application program.

REQUIRED
- 3 additional computers (Auditorium - 2, Photocopy Room -1)

- Virus protection solution

- Windows 2008 Server Operating system with adequate no. of Licenses.

OBSERVATIONS

- Cable paths generally following along covered walk-ways.

- Cables are not routed in raceways.

- The general installation looks far from professional and is not structured.

- Cable that leads to office behind auditorium is run aerially between buildings. For support at each end, the cable is wrapped and tied around posts situated on top of each building.

- No problems with network operations were reported. However, mention was made of needing to replace a network switch on three previous occasions due to "burn-out".

MY TASK

What are some solution you would suggest to satisfy the stipulated requirements.

What are some strategies that aim to address stated and/or observed network related problems/standards voilations. Also stipulate and recommend any other equipment/software required to ensure safe, secure and reliable network operations.


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#1
July 21, 2010 at 11:00:46
"doing a class assignment "

Sorry we don't do homework here. Doing so robs you of learning how to research and address projects.

If you had a specific question we would be happy to answer.

For example your aerial run should have a support cable between the posts which the UV protected wiring is hung from. You never use the network wire itself for supporting itself unless you like broken wiring.


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#2
July 21, 2010 at 12:01:33
For example your aerial run should have a support cable between the posts which the UV protected wiring is hung from. You never use the network wire itself for supporting itself unless you like broken wiring.

Too right!

We ran one outside like that last fall and I bought a special outdoor grade cable that came with the support cable attached.

Another thing to keep in mind, your wireless network should allow internet access only due to inherent security issues with wireless. Only the wired network should have access to sensitive (internal) data.

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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