microsoft network design


i have a bunch of pc in my office,

5-Management PC (win2k pro, winxp pro)
5-Programmer(win2k pro)
3-Design PC(winxp pro)
3-Business Dev (win2k pro,winxp pro)
3-Clerk(win2k pro)
1-Window98 for public filesharing and printer sharing

Currently is all the PC connected to HUB and connect to DSL modem for connection,
and doing all the file sharing on the win98 PC.

How am i going to do the "redesign" the network?
Do i need a winxp server?
or a linux server + samba?

The main concern is the security, wana to prevent ppl to copy and read the file/data from the win98 sharing.

Basically idea areeg:
designA cannot view the  ProgrammerA scripting,
managerA can read everything
clerkA only can read the clerkGroup

Please give some guideline and idea

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mrpez1Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I would recommend buying a real server with win2k server or windows 2003 and setting up a domain. You're looking for domain wide permissions. Windows 98 is a piss poor server. It's unreliable and doesn't allow for global security settings. Others will tell you to go the linux root. If you know anything about linux that could be worthwhile as well. To keep things simple, I'd recommend you keep everything native windows.

You're looking at spending about $2K for a decent server for file serving and domain controlling with 25 user licenses.

If you have more specific questions, fire away.
qazakaxAuthor Commented:

i familiar with linux server,webserver,mysql db, etc. And i never touch the Intranet design

basically what i have to do is, setup a linuxserver/win2003server to do the filesharing and printersharing job.

And to define the office network layout,including IP,hardware like switch or maybe wireless access router, monitoring/logging the intranet activities, etc.
Okay. That's pretty general. Do you have specific questions?

If you're asking where to start, get a Windows 2003 server and set it up as a Domain controller. Join the clients to the domain.
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