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connecting a network

I was wondering if someone could direct me to instructions or an article on how to setup a windows network in an office step by step. Or maybe someone at EE could write how to do this the simplest way.   Here is the scenario.  I have a windows 2008 server.  I have an office that is cabled throughout for the network.  I have a router in a rack from the ISP.  I have a 48 port switch in the rack as well.
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
FYI

What you need to set up a home network
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/need-set-up-home-network
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
If you don't have a domain yet and you plan on having one, make sure to name it something.domain.com and own the top level domain.com (or net or org or whatever)
I usually use i.domain.com or corp. or cityname.
This will save a ton of headaches down the road.
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Bill BachPresidentCommented:
This is kind of like asking how I build a car after buying an engine and 4 tires.  Put simply, there are a LOT of factors to consider here.  One important one is whether you are using the Windows Server for DHCP and DNS.  I recommend doing this, but your ISP router will also likely be able to provide these services as well, and you don't want both of them enabled at the same time.  Using Windows is better because it can separate your internal network from the ISP network, allowing you to switch ISPs, change network address ranges, upgrade hardware more easily, and so on.

The short form of what you want is this:
- Set up the hardware & networking first.
- Set up the Windows Server as a Domain Controller, add DNS and DHCP services, and configure same.
- Disable DNS/DHCP on your ISP router if needed.
- Install a solid firewall/security device at the network border.
- Connect each computer to the network, then Join each computer to the domain.
- Set up domain groups as needed to configure the security environment, and configure the rights for each group.
- Set up user accounts for each person who will be accessing the server, and set them into the needed groups.  

Each of these steps, of course, can have tens or hundreds of detailed steps inside of them.  A generalized question like this can only generate generalized answers, so you'll want to post back new questions as you start to work on each component.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
This is what I needed to get started.  Thanks!  If I have more questions I will ask.  I just needed the blueprint of major concepts and what order they should be done in.
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