Network Project

To build a network project with one
main office and six more offices at six
different states with 24 users at main
office and 12 users at each station.there
will be main computer expert at head office
and minimal knowledgable people at the
local offices. what is the best Operating
system,what are the different TCP/IP protocols
 to be used,inwhat way implementation
can be carried and some suggestions for
me to implement this project.i also want
some links which will help me to gather
 more information to complete this project.
thank you
jayanth
 
jayanth10Asked:
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jayanth10Author Commented:
I would appreciate the help i get from all the experts who give me help in implementing the project.
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TedSennCommented:
Is security a concern? If so your answer is Win NT, if not I would use WIN98.
Are the offices going to have a constant connection or will dialup networking be used?
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jayanth10Author Commented:
Hi Tedsenn
My main concern is what are the different types of TCP/IP protocols that are to be used.Connection can be what ever is the best from point of view.
than you
jayanth
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pwoolfordCommented:
It depends on the level of user knowledge at each site (will there be a "computer expert" at each office or will you be administering all sites)?
Will the offices be sharing data with HQ and the other offices or just e-mail?

I think we need more information before any form of answer can be given
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TedSennCommented:
TCP/IP can run over any network connection I am aware of. If constantly open connections are use (t-1 DSL etc.) then routers will be necessary (hardware or software). If dial ups (modem - ISDN) are used then Dial Up networking may suffice. More info is needed for a better answer.
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jayanth10Author Commented:
Hello experts
i'am editing the question so please try to answer my question again
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jayanth10Author Commented:
Edited text of question.
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jayanth10Author Commented:
Hi pwoolford
thank you for your coperation.
There will be a "computer expert" at HQ who will  be administering all sites and persons with some minimal knowledge at each local offices
 
The offices will be sharing data with HQ and the other offices along e-mail.

jayanth
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pwoolfordCommented:
The best OS for this (and any network) is Novell Netware.
You can run NW servers for years without user intervention (can't say the same for NT).  If you plan the tree correctly you will be able to do major administration from HQ and won't need 2 servers at each location for fault tolerance.

As for links to help you on your way - how many do you want ?
Here is a few general ones
http://www.helmig.com/
http://www.techfest.com/
http://www.dundee.ac.uk/itservices/rescomp/westpark/setup95.htm

(Must tidy up my favorites and find some more)
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blueforceCommented:
Your scenario is tough because you don't have a starting point - There's more than one way to build a 2500 sq. ft. house.  To put it simply - you're asking how to get 500hp out of an engine block without considering the heads, fuel induction, cam, and crank.

If you're going to use multiple servers including one at each office, Netware is probably your choice.

Security is going to be an issue to look at.  

DHCP vs. Manually assigning IP addresses.

Dial-up vs. T1/T3/DSL.  

My advice would be to decide the phsical architecture of the network before going any further.  For example:

E-Mail server, gateway, File server VS. One File server at the main office?

What operating system will the Workstations be using?  

Are there going to be multiple departments (billing, sales, management) or will everyone be able to access everything?  

Do the remote offices need to connect constantly, permanently, or temporarily to the Main office?

With only one computer expert at the main office you're going to want to consider Remote Administration of the workstations - possibly booting them directly from the network to avoid disaster.  That means Win NT or 98

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jayanth10Author Commented:
Hi blueforce
Thank you for the cooperation
There will be one main administrator maintaining the main office and there will be multiple offices at different locations but at each locations all the departments will be wt the same site.
The remote offices should be constantly connected to the main office.
so please suugest me how to start my project.
thank you
jayanth
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pwoolfordCommented:
Buy a good book
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sapaoCommented:
I would build something like this:
put a gateway in each remote office that connects to the central office through a VPN.
Each office has its internal network and the gateway handles routes to the central and, if needed, to other offices.
For protocols and operating system, I would recommend IPsec and Linux. IPsec is a secure enhancement to IP and can handle the security issues of VPNs. If you have budget constraints, linux will be the best solution since you can get almost all tools for free. If not budget constrained, NT will be a good alternative.

You will need to set up a firewall in each gateway, and connect them using some VPN software. For free software, have a look at www.opensec.org. For commercial software, look at www.icsa.net.

I strongly advise you to read a good deal before trying to make things work, otherwise you may leave serious security breaches.
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sapaoCommented:
Sorry, the URL to opensec is www.opensec.net.
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jayanth10Author Commented:
Hi sapao
Thanks everything is good but i was asked to use only TCP/IP protocols and explain why am i using them.so can you specify some of these protocols which should be used to implement this project.
Thank You
Jayanth
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sapaoCommented:
All systems found at opensec are TCP/IP based and IPsec is a new standard for TCP/IP and will be include in the next IP specifications, called IPv6.

If you cannot use IPsec, try any VPN/tunnelling protocol found at opensec (address above). They all work over TCP/IP connections. So the service provider will not need provide anything other than a TCP/IP connection.

Remeber: pure TCP/IP is not secure, so you will need something else to provide security.
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