I have a hired some premises that have an old server room, that contains some equipment. I'm not at all familiar with this level of equipment, so I'd like to get some information together so I know what I'm talking about before I go and hire someone!
The old server room contains a thick yellow coax cable (12-15mm). On the cable there are three identical boxes, each with a 15 pin plug (looks a bit like a serial plug). The lettering on the boxes is: h4005, 30 VDC 100MA MAx. I believe this is a broadband cable.
Also in the server room is a mass of Category 5e network wires that come from the offices, and these feed into a large glass cupboard with what looks like a telephone switch board in it. I think this is a patch panel. On top of this is a device with some network sockets in it, and the following text: Baystack 350-24T switch.
Would appreciate more info on these items from those in the know, and also, would be great if I could get a simple schematic plan as to how all these things connect together in a linear sense. Please include in this schematic one CISCO hardware firewall, the server (my domain server), clients and switches.
How is it best to handle DHCP? Should I let Window2003 server handle it, or get a hardware device to do it?