I recently purchased 3 SMC8024L2 Switches. I switched them out with my old SMC EasySwitches and they worked great. Now that I have the capability though, I would like to use vlans. I would also like to establish separate domains that correspond with each.
companysales.local (sales machines) = VLAN1
companyart.local (art machines, art scanner stations, rip station) = VLAN2
companyadmin.local (administrative and accounting machines) = VLAN3
companyit.local (IT machines and IT specific servers) = VLAN4
companyplant.local (server farm, production machines, wireless lan, and all other machines that fall outside of the above 4 categories) = VLAN5
My first question, is this overkill? Would it make more sense to separate them into 2 3 domains and vlans? Some of these domains would have as little as 6 users initially but our company is growing so this could easily change.
I also want each department to be able to see the main lan (companyplant.local, and all servers) and internet, but do not want them to see each other. I do however want the shared servers and IT network to be able to see and access all machines across all domains.
The hardware I have available to me is as follows:
1 Dell PowerEdge 600SC (windows 2003 SBS)
1 Dell PowerEdge 1800 (windows 2000 SBS)
1 Dell PowerEdge 2650 (currently no OS, thinking of Ubuntu 9.04 Server or ESXi)
1 Iomega NAS that is barely reliable and I only use a font server (2000 Adv Server)
2 1TB Buffalo TeraStations (currently used as art file server and IT repository / backups)
1 Lenovo Workstation (No OS, prob go with Ubuntu 9.04 Server. Not sure on model, didnt even get delivered yet going to use for imaging machines)
SonicWall Pro 2040
3 SMC8024L2 TigerSwitches
1 Linksys WRT54GL
1 Linksys wireless repeater
If I have the time I am also planning to re-provision some of this hardware and re-establish consolidate some shares.
Would I be able to use my 2003 SBS to control all domains or would I be better separating them?
Now to the real crux of the matter ... while I have seen tutorials online about establishing vlans using a single l2 switch and router/sonicwall, how do I go about configuring this across 3 L2 switches and a SonicWall Pro 2040 so that that the various networks can see each other as I described above.