Small network setup. Please help.

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by David, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. David

    David Guest


    I am volunteering at a small school to help them set up a ~10 user office
    network, and was hoping to get some advice from you folks before proceeding.
    (Learning as I go here....)

    Here is what we have on hand:


    - About 8 Dell Desktops P4 2.2 Ghz and faster.
    - A few laptops to be used at the office and at home.
    - Two laser printers with attached NetGear mini-printservers.
    - A SnapServer storage appliance.

    I might be able to get funds for a cheap desktop to run as a "server", but
    as I think a Windows Server license will not happen now, perhaps the point is


    - Sufficient quantity of Windows XP volume licenses.
    - Sufficient quantity of Office volume licenses.
    - Sufficient quantity of Symantec Corporate AV licenses.
    - Sufficient quantity of Symantec Ghost licenses.

    Right now, all machines are in one room, but they need to expand to a 2nd
    location in a different building. Both locations have broadband Internet
    access, so I am planning to link them with a couple of SOHO VPN routers.
    (Maybe a wi-fi link in the future... some complicating factors right now.)

    The current setup has the SnapServer running in "peer-to-peer mode" with a
    manually configured user account for each machine that needs access.
    Microsoft Office is installed individually on each machine. Symantec
    AV/Ghost are not installed yet.

    I would like to wipe all machines and start fresh, but I am need of some
    guidance to help me create a "maintainable" network.

    Some sort of "traveling desktop" would be ideal, as there are more office
    workers than machines. (The ability for uses to move to a different machine
    would be a huge help, but I am unsure if this can be done without Windows

    I have free reign to redesign the network from the bottom up, and I would
    like to do things right. So, the more detailed advice I can get, the better.

    David, Jun 18, 2006
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  2. David

    CJT Guest

    The obvious question is, "Why?" If it ain't broken, don't "fix" it.

    but I am need of some
    IMHO, if you want to do it "right," you should be looking at something
    other than Windows, but I know others here will disagree. A lot depends
    on what you consider "right."
    CJT, Jun 18, 2006
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  3. David

    David Guest

    Half the machines are not fully onlline, and the other half are full of
    extra cruft that is slowing things down.
    Please feel free to make a sugestion.

    By "done right" a mean a stable, mantainable, and protected network of
    Windows XP desktops.

    Thank you,
    David, Jun 19, 2006
  4. David

    Frankster Guest

    What do you need your network to do that it is not currently doing?

    Frankster, Jun 19, 2006
  5. David

    CJT Guest

    In what sense?

    and the other half are full of
    Define "cruft." Then delete it.

    that is slowing things down.
    CJT, Jun 19, 2006
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