Solved

Justifying going from p2p to domained environment in a 80 node network

Posted on 2006-07-17
6
227 Views
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I just started a networking admin position at a school/church where I manage a network of around 80 nodes. For the past four years, they have been a peer-to-peer network. I am recommending purchasing server grade hardware to host a win2003 domain controller so I can manage the server centrally. My two supervisors are asking why a domain is so important or even right for them. Reasons like "p2p is for 10 or less computers" and "it helps me manage and secure the network" just doesn't mean anything to them. I have a meeting in the morning to present my case to show them the yearly budget should be better spent on a domain controller over 10 new laptops to add to the p2p network.

I found this blog entry that I have found to be helpful: http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/networking/smart/archives/intro-the-peertopeer-network-7106

Any additional hard-hitting points or considerations you think would be very important for my sups to hear, please let me know.

thanks
0
Comment
Question by:apm825
  • 4
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Jay_Jay70
Comment Utility
centralised management

uncountable benefits security wise

standardisation and control

ease of file sharing

centralised user Database and independent security roles and priviliges
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Jay_Jay70
Comment Utility
0
 

Author Comment

by:apm825
Comment Utility
thank you.

If there are any admins out there who have a p2p network who has horror stories, that may help. :)
0
How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
- Increase transparency
- Onboard new hires faster
- Access from mobile/offline

 
LVL 48

Accepted Solution

by:
Jay_Jay70 earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
i work for a company that up until the last 24 months, had 140 sites running individual P2P sites.....let me assure you, it sucked big time to try and manage and support, and we had a max of 15 machines a site, you have 80! i would resign on the spot if asked to support a workgroup of 80 clients! we are now down to about 10 P2P networks and 130 Domain Environments about to be incorporated into one....

good luck!
0
 

Author Comment

by:apm825
Comment Utility
wow, thanks. :)

I just had a meeting and I think we'll be ordering the server in the next few days.

thanks again!
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Jay_Jay70
Comment Utility
awesome, here is a good guide to starting with Active Directory

http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_install_active_directory_on_windows_2003.htm

watch how much better networking is about to get for you
0

Featured Post

Enabling OSINT in Activity Based Intelligence

Activity based intelligence (ABI) requires access to all available sources of data. Recorded Future allows analysts to observe structured data on the open, deep, and dark web.

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
UNC paths question 18 68
Offline files query 1 36
Create remote access home server 4 82
Server 2008 Cluster Fail-over Errors 5 40
Enterprise networks where VoIP phones have been deployed frequently use port configurations that allow both a computer and an IP phone to be plugged into the same switch port but use different VLANs. On Cisco equipment I'm referring to the "native V…
Trying to figure out group policy inheritance and which settings apply where can be a chore.  Here's a very simple summary I've written which might help.  Keep in mind, this is just a high-level conceptual overview where I try to avoid getting bogge…
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (http://www.enterprise.efax.com), you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…
Excel styles will make formatting consistent and let you apply and change formatting faster. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Excel's built-in styles, how to modify styles, and how to create your own. You'll also learn how to use your custo…

772 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now