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what would be the best choice?

Hi!
I haven't worked much with networks but was asked recently to have a look at the network in my school and see if I could improve it.
The network consists of 12 computers which are connected to a hub and  there's no server.
the school wants each student to have its account so they can set quotas on disk use and printing.

Could you please advise on what the best solution would be as far as implementation and cost is considered
Cheers,
ohme
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Naser GabajE&P Software Implementation SpecialistCommented:
ohme,
>>which are connected to a hub
Replace it with a Switch.

>>there's no server.
LAN with over 10 PC need to have a DC "Domain Controller" for best management, and ease the job of the Net Admin.

>>the school wants each student to have its account so they can set quotas on disk use and printing.
The answer is the same as above "You need to have a DC" and then every thing you can do it just from the DC as to create an OU's for each groups and then implement GP "Group Policy" for each OU.

Here is more details about how to making disk qoutas:
http://www.comptechdoc.org/os/windows/win2k/win2kgpolicies.html
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=278365

Good luck,

Naser
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ohmeAuthor Commented:
Hey Naser,
What's a DC?
I mean is that the name of the software?
and how much does it cost?
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valiconCommented:
A DC is a Domain Controller see here for an expanded explanation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_controller

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Naser GabajE&P Software Implementation SpecialistCommented:
Omhe,

Since you are not aware with domain controller and all those sort of net admin terminoldies, I would veer your direction by implement a workgroup LAN even with those number of PC's you have, because if you start talking about DC, AD "Active Directory", DHCP, DNS.... etc, you will lose your way.

Therefore, the easiest way as i mention above is to go for Workgroup LAN, and you will need some scripts to share your resources, File, Printer, and Internet Share, untill you get use of them, and then once you familirize your self with those things, then start expanding to the best practice of Domian, Client/Server LAN's.

Those links mentioned above from both Jay, and valicon are best start for you.

For the time being, I'll give you those PAQ's for sharing files within a workgroup:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_20895160.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_21012693.html
http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/ezine/ezine16.htm

HTH

Good luck,

Naser
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ohmeAuthor Commented:
got to ask you one more thing

I remember being told a few years back when I started an MCSE course (I didn't last long by the way) that using windows 2000 server is a good thing to have if you put your computers in a network

I think I still have the books.
So do you think that in my situation installing windows 2000 server on one of the computers would be a good thing to do?
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Naser GabajE&P Software Implementation SpecialistCommented:
>>do you think that in my situation installing windows 2000 server on one of the computers would be a good thing to do?

Yes, that's where you start; install win2k server which will be your DC in your LAN.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
for sure,

i disagree wholeheartedly with going towards a workgroup with 12 machines, AD you can learn quickly by setting up a test environment and any halp you need we can give

workgroups are obsolete when you have the capability of using Active Directory with 2003 server
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Naser GabajE&P Software Implementation SpecialistCommented:
Jay,

That was my original post above, but as you can see the asker still need more experience to learn on workgroup first, and then one day he/she will realise that the best is domain LAN.

I hope you understand my point of view.

Naser
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
yeah i can see what you get at, but in a lo of way AD administration is much easier than trying to get a home network cranking, i know what you mean but i also think taking a couple of hours testing and learning AD basics will make life oh so much easier :)

didnt mean to offend you Naser
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Naser GabajE&P Software Implementation SpecialistCommented:
:)
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ohmeAuthor Commented:
allright so
the win2k server is an option
is there a newer  version or is win2k pretty much ok for what i need?

regards
ohme
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ksearchCommented:
Since you guys are a school, shop around. i think microsoft has "educational" licensing, which will be cheaper. And go with Windows Server 2003. No need to start with a server OS that is already 5 years old. Also, for buying your server --- see if Dell or whoever has educational bundles with the server and OS as a bundle.  You'll need to add client licenses (5 will come with the server (usually), so you'll need 10 more.     And lose the hub. Replace it with a switch (as Naser suggested, too)!

Absolutely set up a small domain and bypass the workgroup altogether.  set up file sharing, maybe some print serving, and think about how you want to back up that data (if you care)  Using the backup utility that comes with Windows Server will probably be just fine for you - back it up to tape.  

Being a school, and not a hospital or multimillion$$ company, you can get this up and running, learning as you go, and making gradual improvements as you can. Get DHCP and DNS up and running, etc. A mail server, etc.

Good luck.
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ohmeAuthor Commented:

Yeah
what's the thing with losing the hub?
why is the switch better?

cheers
ohme
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Naser GabajE&P Software Implementation SpecialistCommented:
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Naser GabajE&P Software Implementation SpecialistCommented:
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ohmeAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot guys ,
you've been a great help
points go to ksearch and naser

cheers
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Naser GabajE&P Software Implementation SpecialistCommented:
Ohme,

Glad to see we helped, but I think you didn't include ksearch in splitting points, both were for me only, You will need to post zero-value Q in Community Support and ask them to open the Question for you so you can ammend it to include ksearch.

Thank you.

Naser
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