I got this task to improve a network of an IT institute with minimum cost. It has 25 computers and currently configured as a peer to peer network using an old switch. And the users treat one of the computers as a file server so everybody access this computer at the same time to save/open/reload work.
Management says that the network becomes congested at certain times that some users/computers are unable to access the fileserver and sometimes other computers too. No matter what you do, enable/disable Ethernet connection, restart pc or server etc. sometimes a particular user or few users/a particular computer or few computers cannot gain access to the server while others can.
The other problem is restricting access to certain folders in local and server computers. There are all kinds of users who like to play with the command prompt so access for specific folders and applications has to be restricted.
So I’m thinking of going for a cost effective client-server configuration so that by creating user accounts access to the local and fileserver folders can be controlled. Also I also assume that the current network issues could be due to the peer to peer network not being able to handle larger (25) number of computers. So I assume by simply introducing a client server network it should perform better.
I know a little about networking but not that much as I’m coming from the development side, so please correct me if I’m wrong in my assumptions and if there is a better way of addressing these issues.
Client server setup: What’s the correct procedure for this? I’m thinking buying an entry level server computer such as Dell PowerEdgeT20 Xeon with a Windows Server OS and 8GB of RAM and plugging it to an empty port of the same network/switch.
I think the next step is to configure the user accounts. What’s the correct procedure for configuring the server and user accounts?
Also the same Internet connection is shared with different departments such as Accounts, Admin so my other suggestion is to segment these networks in to separate LANs and connect those using routers so that problems of a certain network wouldn’t interfere with others and I guess this would improve the network performance as well.
And there are three printers the users will be sharing.
If someone can clarify these and give high level step by step instructions it would be great so that I can research on the minor details and do it properlyDell PowerEdgeT20 Xeon. Thanks in advance.