Making a WAN

Microsoft Exchange 2003
Microsoft SQL Server 2000
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Network Configuration
WAN design
WAN hardware
WAN technologies
Hi, I would like to know the best way to setup a WAN. We have 4 small companies and one main Head quarter.  2 companies are in one city and 2 are in another city. Below is the detail on what each site has. HQ (head quarter) - HP Mail Server (HP ML350) - Win 2003 Server + Exchange Server 03  + Antivirus server (Symantec corp. ed 10), Data Server (HP ML370) - Win 2003 Sever+Sql Server 2k, LAN of 30 computers - Group1 - no servers - no LAN in place - all comps are standalone Group2 - same as group 1 Group3 (another city) - HP MLData Server - win 2003 + Sql Server 2k - LAN of 10 computers Group4 (another city) - Recently started so network is not finished and has Data Server only. Lan of 20 - 25 computers What is the best way to setup up the server at the Head Quarters both hardware wise and software wise and the entire group? We want to invest and make this group in one network..pls advise the best way. We want the other companies to access their data from the HQ. Currently I import the data from the other cities into the HQ to maintain sales info as all the accounting and customer statements come out from HQ.  In this new setup, we want them to access the databases from the HQ and work so the importation process gets eliminated and the HQ always gets updated daily. The databases of each group company tend to get very large. What backup solution would work ideal? Currently on the HQ, the mail server is also the antivirus server and we have an email filter(a unix box) before the mail server. Your help and ideas will highly be appreciated. princess8

Software/Hardware used:
Win 2003 server,exchange server 2003, sql server 2000, symantec antivirus corp ed 10

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I would recommend a managed service provider like Virtela or some other datacom provider that services the regions where your organization has sites located. It sounds like you do not have staff to manage the WAN so a managed service provider can assist with design, implementation and management. My organization uses Virtela for 20 sites around the world. We have been very pleased with the services and solutions offered.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    There are so many variables here you'd likely be well-served by hiring a network consultant who can come in and talk things over with you and help you get started down the right path. This is something you don't want to mess up. Generally speaking, consider looking into metro fiber or similar offering at your locations...the speed and reliability are often very good - especially for the price.
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