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Time and Cost Estimate for Client/Server Configuration and Implementation

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I am writing a proposal for the conversion of an existing Peer to Peer network with 25 Windows XP Pro systems to a Client Server configuration authenticating on Windows Server 2003.   The Clients and the Server are in place.   We have the correct number of CALS for it.

I am looking for expert estimates for time and cost (labor) to modify this network to a client server configuration.   The network was previously configured this way but over time has migrated to local user accounts accessing the network in a P2P fashion and only using the server for file storage.  A domain exists already and each client has the domain name in the pull down menu for login.    I need to set the systems back to authentication via the server and make the local system files accessible by the server authenticated accounts.    

Anybody out there want to give me some time and cost estimates.    
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It depends somewhat if you have done any prep work, do you have a list of the local user accounts that need migrating onto a domain - do you intent to migrate any local profiles. Are there any file shares which need migrating and do any complicated permissions exist. Its very hard to estimate timescales and thus costs without more information. For a network of this size ... assuming a simple set of requirements and full production of documentation etc i'd be looking to quote for at least 5 days... but again, it depends 100% on the complexity of the requirement.
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User accounts who are migrated to the domain will need to access the files created under their local accounts specific to the computer they used.   So their domain profile would need access to the local files on the specific client they are using.    I would propose migrating all the files to the server but some users have signicantly large amounts of files which the server could not support in storage.   But I guess the simple answer is we would want to migrate the local profiles.  

Not any real complicated permissions.   There is a file share that is currently mounted as a network drive would need to be accessed by all users.. That file share is currently on the server so this would actually decomplicate this process.  

There are network printers that are accessed by all users from all local machines.    I assume these would have to be remapped on the server and by virtue of logging in to the domain all users would have access to the printers.

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Then its a less complicated process.

(I'm assuming there is a domain - if not make one at this stage) - if not, think DHCP server, DNS, AD, OU structure etc.

Step 1 : Creation of domain based user accounts, you may want to create a template user to make it easier to create them all - make a user with as many common details (org name, etc etc) as you can, and then use this as a basis for all the users..consistency at this stage is good.

Step 2 : Join the workstations to the domain
Step 3 : Login on each machine as the domain use who will use it and migrate the non domain profile to the coresponding domain profile folder... use something like this ( http://www.forensit.com/domain-migration.html) to make it easier.
STep 4 : Add all printers to the server, ideally using the printers DHCP hostname so as to reduce any admin with IP addresses and then either add them for the users, or educate them in adding network printers using the AD find printer search.

Given that information quoting 5 days will cover your ass, i cant see it taking that long and you may be able to give the client a nice suprise at the end (faster, cheaper).
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