Small network setup. Please help.

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

  1. David

    David Guest

    Hello,

    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:

    Hardware:

    - 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
    moot.

    Software:

    - 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
    Server.)

    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.

    Thanks,
    David
     
    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
     
    David, Jun 19, 2006
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  4. David

    Frankster Guest

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

    -Frank
     
    Frankster, Jun 19, 2006
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  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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