I think this forum is going to be a godsend for me! I am trying to organise installing an IT suite into my primary school. We have to get 3 quotes so I've done that and all the solutions differ greatly! We currently have 10 laptops, the best 5 (which are 256mb toshibas running xp pro) would be upgraded (if you think it's worth it) with ram and included in the suite to save money. I would really like a server, merely to act as a file server really so children can go on any computer in the room and find their work. I don't think we need anything complicated for the server but we have had some sophisticated proposals! My questions to you are:
1. Do we really need tape back up? It's a primary school not a bank?! Would having a pair of hard drives, with one acting as back up be sufficient?
2. We have SWgfl provided. There isn't a proper network in the school, all computers run independently with one or two access points in each class. The suite currently has one access point because it used to be a classroom but we're having trunking put in with sockets and, because I want each computer in the suite to have the internet, the trunking will also have 15 access points. Now, do you need a server to enable these 15 machines to run the internet (properly and quickly) or can you just have a router that takes its "signal" from that one socket or perhaps independently from where the internet comes in? (not far from the proposed room, about 10m away)
If the server went wrong, would you still have the internet for these 15 computers?
Any other pitfalls to avoid?
What kind of tables did you use? It's a hexagon shaped room!