building a network
Posted on 2006-06-02
I haven't got a problem as such I just need some advice.
my company has 15 computers all conected to a hub with internet access.However, there's no domain controller.
Since they want to be able to manage user accounts,peripherals, internet access from one computer I suggested
getting windows 2003 server.
Now, I have been asked to install the server on one of the computers and organise the network.
(I did work with win2000 server a few years ago but haven't had any practical experience since.)
I really enjoy the opportunity to do something like this for my company but I have a few concerns:
1) will it be possible for someone of such limited experience to build a network( 15 comps and a server) and how hard will it be?
2) will there be problems with internet access for all the computers once the server is installed or is every computer configured pretty much automatically by the server? (internet access is crucial for my company)
3) will the company be able to automatise installation of any new software (say we need to install sage on all the machines. is it possible to do all the installation from just the server?)
4) all the computers are quite old but there's one which is pretty decent (3ghz,512 ram) and I was thinking about installing the server on that one.
Would this computer handle the demands of win2003 server and will it be enough to manage a network of 15 computers?
5)what will happen if after installing the server the machine fails? will all other computers stop working and there will be no internet access or is it still going to work?
6)all the computers are currently connected into a dual speed hub. is that an issue will it handle the demands of the network? (we do some file transfer but mainly it's the internet that we use our computers for)
7) do microsoft offer any guidance/user support in case s...t happens?