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Create a wired home network

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Hi all,
I want to create a wired home network so i can learn windows server 2003, exchange, active directory etc.
I have broadband (with a bt home hub)
i have 3 laptops and a pc all running xp pro
i have a netgear 10/100 8 port switch

On a previous question in ee i was informed i could have achieved this with virtualization however i would like to create a wired network. i obviously need cabling etc but can you inform me how i set this up or give me some pointers on how to achieve this.
i have limited knowledge and experience - any pointers??
thanks
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The 2003 server must had 2 network cards,
The Internet must be connected to it,and a cable from the second network card to the hub which will connect to the network..
after that, you had to start reading on active directory,
Brian PiercePhotographer
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You don't need 2 network cards in the server.
Connect all the machines and the BT hub to the switch with network cables
Configure your domain controller to use a DNS forwarder that points to your BT hub
Configire DHCP on the DC to issue IP addresses with the DNS server set as your DC and the Default gateway as the BT hub
kaskhedikar_tusharTechnical Manager
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Hello,

In my opinion, please purchase a normal wireless router. Now configure a wireless router & so you can learn more things such as port forwarding, triggering & wireless issues. The cable from ISP put into router's wan port & then connect a cable between in LAN port of router & switch. This is the structure of wired network, if your server will down so the dependency is less. Another thing is so many times you can install or reinstall your OS with any settings.

Regards,
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