Servers - Configuration considerations, if you hire a MCSE you still need
to answer these questions...
Before you consider your configuration
you need to develop a plan for
Yes you have to have a network, how else are you going to access
the server from your workstations? One of the bonus you
receive from a network server is the increase in
security for you computers!
Servers - Configuration considerations Instructions:
A network consists of a network hub or switch, wiring, and network cards for
each device. A device is considered to be a computer, a printer, or other
peripheral that you need to share to other users.
There are different 'topologies' that a network can
take. The normal topology would be the 'Star' topology, think of it as a central
hub with all the devices connect to the hub only. All connections from one
device to another device has to go through the hub.
Also consider the name of your Domain for
your network, make it as simple as possible, you will be typing it a lot for a
The easiest way to setup your network addresses is
to use a spreadsheet, four columns listing:
The computer name, the assigned IP, the subnet mask
IP, and the gateway IP. You will have to calculate the subnet mask IP or you can
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Once you have the network design you can proceed to the server configuration.
Servers require a domain, this is the best of
two worlds, Security and
Service. A domain will give you the additional security by requiring all
connections to the network to be authenticated by the Domain Controller.
ID and password, no access.
In addition to the security feature you gain
in services that a work group does not have.
Other Servers - Configuration considerations:
Services such as DNS (Domain Naming Service) or DHCP
(Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) that help configure your network naming
and IP structure.
One server can perform all these tasks and do others also. You can use one
server to be:
Domain Controller - The domain controller is the
primary server that controls all the functions and security for the domain.
DNS controller - Domain Naming Service, this
service is used to resolve names into IP addresses for devices, when a user
issues a query for a named device this service returns the IP address.
DHCP controller - Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol is a service that controls the automatic issuing of IP addresses to
client computers. With this service you can have all network properties
automatically configured when a workstation connects to the network.
WINS controller - Windows Internet Naming
Service a Windows version of DNS, faster than DNS when installed on a Windows
Server, local network only.
Print server - This service is useful when you
have shared printers, you can configure the server to download all the necessary
drivers from one point instead automatically.
server - A file server is just that, a
server that stores files for your employees from documents to application
Sections of the this
Servers - Configuration considerations were extracted from the Build a
Specialty servers - These servers range from
Application servers to installation servers.
If you were to have one server this server would have to be very powerful and have a large storage capacity.
It would also be very expensive.
Your best solution is to spread the tasks across two or more servers, this
would be more economical. If you compared the cost of one server with all the
requirements to two or three less powerful servers you would see a large cost
savings by buying the less powerful servers.
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In my experience the most powerful server would be the Domain Controller,
then another server for
WINS, and print, and finally a File storage
You could split all the functions between two servers,
Domain Controller, DNS, DHCP, and WINS on one server. File storage, print, and
backup services on another server.
As you can see you have three options for setting up your network servers.
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