Setting up my server

Microsoft Windows server 2003 enterprise
March 19, 2010 at 22:56:17
Specs: Windows XP and vista
I am looking for some help setting up a home network with 5 computers, 2 windows xp, 1 dual boot xp and vista, 1 vista 64bit quad core processor, with 8GB ram (work, gaming machine) and a vista laptop that is used most of the time wirelessly. I have a server that I am running Windows 2003 Enterprise on and a 24 port 10/100/1000 netgear managed switch with a linksys wrt54gs wireless router. I have the cable modem connected to the switch then the switch to the router and I have a work station I have a smaller linksys switch going in to work on computers, What is the best way to set up my home network so I can share files and print without it messing with my work area computers? Should I set my server up as a file server? Also what is the correct way to set up my server and switches so that everything works together or should I use a hub on my work area computers?

Thanks for any help with these issues.
Dennis


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#1
March 20, 2010 at 06:02:51
I have the cable modem connected to the switch then the switch to the router

Stop right there!

Here's how it should look:

Cable Modem >> WAN Port on Router >> LAN port on Router to Managed Switch >> clients/servers

This way everything in your entire LAN is behind the firewall and protected from intrustion by the firewall in your router.

Should I set my server up as a file server?

That depends. How one sets up a server depends on what they require it to do. I suspect this is all you need do with it though considering your router will provide DHCP and NAT as well as the firewall.


Also what is the correct way to set up my server and switches so that everything works together or should I use a hub on my work area computers?

As I described above. I suspect you used the word "hub" just now because you don't know any better. A switch is the better device when comparing a hub and a switch and I don't believe anybody even makes hubs.

If your managed switch doesn't have enough ports for all the clients in your LAN you can add another switch. If your router has 4 LAN ports, you can plug an additional switch into a LAN port on the router. If your router only has a single LAN port, then you could plug your additional switch into your managed switch in what's called a "daisy chain" configuration.

It's worth noting that when connecting a switch to a switch, one should always use a crossover cable even if the switches are auto MDIX capable. The same applies when you connect your managed switch to the LAN port on your router...the router is really a switch too it just has some additional features and software included in it.


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March 20, 2010 at 07:42:56
Thanks for your reply I will implement this a.s.a.p.

Can I set my server up to be a file server and print server or do I need 2 servers for that?


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