Setting up a large Network

June 16, 2011 at 12:36:35
Specs: Windows 2003
Hi everyone,

I need help on setting up a network.
The computer institute I work for has been acquired by a new management & I have been promoted as our Sr. network administrator. We are discarding the old network and are going for a new network. I am in charge of setting this up. I am thorough with hardware settings, software installation etc. But I am a newbie in setting up a large network from scratch. The management is willing to spend but they want everything to be setup properly at the start itself. Considering this plus the benefits in my job I need to set this up correctly. So if you can guide me on this I will be grateful.

There will be 2 Computer Labs with 60 computers in each Lab. The staffroom will have 20 computers. The Accounts department will have 5 computers. Then there will be 2 more computers for me and my assitant to monitor the network. All the departments are in the same building with just 2 floors. It will be a wired network. All computers should have access to the Internet. There will be a printer each in the 2 Labs, staffroom & accounts department which has to be shared with their respective network.

1. What would be the ideal setup for this Network? The Labs, staffroom and the Accts dept should have their own network isn't it and then join the larger network isn't it?
What should be the Network topology for each room?

2. Where should my computer as the Administrator come in?

3. How many servers do we need? Do I have to use one of the server as my computer?
For the users what would be the ideal computer?

Please give me a total layout like where the servers, switch, router etc should come in so that I can set this up correctly.

thank you
Frank Thompson


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#1
June 16, 2011 at 13:18:09
The answer seems quit clear.
If you do not have the knowledge and skills to do this yourself you should engage the services of a professional that does.

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#2
June 16, 2011 at 14:07:54
Sorry Frank but your questions, and most importantly the questions you haven't asked, indicate you will need to hire a consultant.

This isn't a home or small business network.
You don't join networks to networks
You can't determine servers or how many until you understand how they are going to use the system.
You would never use a server as your workstation
You need a proxy server/bandwidth control server so you can monitor/control internet access.
You have not begun to consider the secuity requirements for the network.

Seriously, anyone who would tell you what you are asking for is doing you a considerable disservice and in the end you would lose your job.

It's the smart thing to hire someone experienced in network design and implementation.

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#3
June 16, 2011 at 14:25:41
Thank you for outlining the situation for me.

Considering this is my job situation I have to try my best. In any case I have to submit a proposal which will be reviewed and only then a decision will be taken.

So if you can outline a solution to me then I will do proper research before putting forward any proposal.

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hope you can help me out.

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#4
June 17, 2011 at 08:11:06
You are trying to put the cart before the horse.

First step is a Usage and Security Audit.
list all software planned to be used
like general apps
like specialized apps [accounting]
like how you are going to backup the data...
list all security aspects like...
how to protect the network from spam/virus's
how to secure the physical assets
how to secure specialized apps...

From that you determine the network topology
from that you determine the equipment you need.

And that is just the tiny winy tip of the iceburg. You have a crash course in research and study ahead of you.

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#5
June 17, 2011 at 11:46:51
I understand your thoughts on telling me to go for professional help.

To be open with you with the acquisition the previous Sr. Network Administrator moved on to another firm and I was pushed into this position because the management felt it was better to promote internally. When accepting the position I didn't realize they would want to go for a new network immediately.

I openly admit that I am not equipped to do this on my own now but I am a thorough person who is willing to do a lot of research and learning to equip myself for the job.
After the feedback from you I have indicated to the management today that I am not ready / equipped to provide a solution considering my inexperience. But they have asked me to put forward a proposal and after consideration they will bring in professional help to set this up.

So if you can guide me on this I will be very grateful.

Roughly for the questions you have asked

First step is a Usage and Security Audit.
list all software planned to be used
like general apps
" For the Students Lab - MS Office, Some sort of Adobe Edition, training material related to Computer Programming"
" For the Staff Lab - similar to above"
like specialized apps [accounting]
" a custom package will be used"
like how you are going to backup the data...
" What would be your suggestion?"

list all security aspects like...
how to protect the network from spam/virus's
how to secure the physical assets
how to secure specialized apps...
I can do research on this and go for a solution.

From that you determine the network topology
from that you determine the equipment you need.

"So if you can suggest the network topology and equipments needed it will help me to do my research over the weekend."


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#6
June 18, 2011 at 06:55:11
Please guide me on this as I need to submt the proposal on Monday.

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