Building a network from the zero

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I am intersting to build a network for 100 users. and it should be reliable and have a very good disater recovery and scurity asspects. (Firewall, Anti-Virous , antispam) also I will install on it Windows Server 2003 and Exchange and ISA. From where I can find a good guide and maps to how I can create this comlele network with all Router Switchs Security appliances and Backup systems that the market has. Best Regards
ASKED: September 26, 2005  6:46 AM
UPDATED: October 11, 2005  11:02 PM

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WOW…I love getting these ones. Step one…..meet with EVERYONE who will be involved with the business from the CEO and CFO to department heads. Take a long hard look at the business plan for the company and build your business case aound this. Now, when you are ready to start building the network, take a long hard look at your budget then add to it. I can almost bet that the first budget will fall short. You will be building your network around the budget. There are several good sources for information and no one source will have everything you need. Do tons of research…..Google your questions and look at some the sites you find. Ask questions in forums such as this when have specific ones. You should plan on being busy for a long time on this. What ever you do, make sure that your infrastructure will be able to handle what you want it to do and build in room for growth right now because getting more money later will very difficult if not impossible. Do some homework and then come back with more questions. Like I said….these are my favorites. If this is a school project, do LOTS of homework!!!

Good luck,
Paul

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  • HumbleNetAdmin
    I do not know of any single such guide. When your talking about building a network infrastructure from ground zero you are talking about incorporating many disciplines such as; Systems Admin, Network Admin, Network Engineer, Security Admin/Engineer. I have worked in the IT field for many years as a Network Admin and brought all of these disciplines together in one form or another, and I did not find information in an single source, but many. The previous post definitely outlined the very beginning steps in make the project happen, with out the support of management and the green backs to fund, the project is doomed to failure or ill implementation. Here are some links that I can think of on the web were you can find info. http://www.techtutorials.info/index.html http://www.techwebpipelines.com/;jsessionid=WSZHO5GENY0P4QSNDBGCKHSCJUMEKJVN http://www.networkworld.com/ http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/ http://techrepublic.com.com/5221-10872-0.html?tag=header http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/default.mspx There are of course many MANY more. Good Luck The HumbNetAdmin
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  • HumbleNetAdmin
    I do not know of any single such guide. When your talking about building a network infrastructure from ground zero you are talking about incorporating many disciplines such as; Systems Admin, Network Admin, Network Engineer, Security Admin/Engineer. I have worked in the IT field for many years as a Network Admin and brought all of these disciplines together in one form or another, and I did not find information in an single source, but many. The previous post definitely outlined the very beginning steps in make the project happen, with out the support of management and the green backs to fund, the project is doomed to failure or ill implementation. Here are some links that I can think of on the web were you can find info. http://www.techtutorials.info/index.html http://www.techwebpipelines.com/;jsessionid=WSZHO5GENY0P4QSNDBGCKHSCJUMEKJVN http://www.networkworld.com/ http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/ http://techrepublic.com.com/5221-10872-0.html?tag=header http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/default.mspx There are of course many MANY more. Good Luck The HumbleNetAdmin
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  • Ve3ofa
    Exactly HOW fast, HOW reliable, HOW secure? How much is the customer willing to spend? Internet Access?? WebSite? VPN? There is no textbook solution what may be good for family lan may not be good enough for CIA/NSA Lan... What are the clients using? How much network activity is expected? Are we talking 100 Video Artists or 100 Office Users? How far are they seperated geographically? What is the expected growth in the network?
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  • Mks3rd
    Ever hear of the top down business model, BADNT? Using the acronym properly can give you great results. Checking from the top down is simply check the Business, the Applications, the Data, the Netwrok, and then the technology. I have included a url for an article, Powerpoint, that has a description of how to create a business plan that applies to an inhouse or consulting type of Network http://faculty.kc.devry.edu/jmiers/NCM_264_midterm_notes-weeks_1___2.ppt
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  • Larrythethird
    DrillO hit it on the nose. Unless every business unit in the company is on board with the design of the infrastructure, you will be rebuilding and wasting time on things that could have been done right the first time. Plan for the unexpected. Business groups will say "that's not what I asked for". Look for missing requirements before moving ahead. They will be laying in wait to cause undo tension and delays. And most of all, remember the credo of networks, KISS, keep is simple.
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  • Paul144hart
    There are too many possiblities. You might consider writing a Request for Proposal and submit to several contract houses. Use HP, Cisco as well. A hundred users may not get thier attention but certainly will of smaller shops.
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  • BinooDas1234
    Microsoft Solutions Framework Model will definitely help you. Go through the Process Model, Team Model and Risk Management Models. Details and white papers are availbale in Microsoft site. Good Luck Das
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  • Thomasmac
    I have found a great resource in a book called The Best Damn FIREWALL Period ! It covers a lot of topics and gives examples of Config for firewalls the most popular,(ciscoPix check point etc.) also on design,plan,implement,Secure and test enterprise wide DMZs,firewalls,ISA Server deployment,config vpns etc. IT is not the end all or be all but it is a good reference and will help you to ask the right Questions to start planning!Also there is a lot of info out there So do Your research After finding out BUDGET AND WANTS of the COMPANY also get it in Writing and The higher ups(TOP OF Management)should also sign off on this!!! If they aren't on board it will not go any place! There is a question asked on this board Why do IT Projects Fail That you should have a look at There are 18 answers that i just read This might also help you to get this off the ground ! TAM
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