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    Re: Suggestions for a complete school IT redesign

    I had faced a similar situation at my school when I first started (in the US, like you). Although we are a very small school (only 50pcs now), the network was a huge mess at the beginning, with no computer faster than 1GHz, most 500MHz and all machines were running 98 with no type of real networking. Anyway...

    My recommendations:
    *Combine all systems into one domain. Once everything is setup (and tested ) students will not be able to access or see anything they should not be able to or damage network settings too much.

    *Reimage all systems. You might want to check out Ghost for Linux (it should work fine with Windows systems).

    *I'd recommend one server to be the domain server, the other to be a file server (and allocate each user a network drive, plus a share drive for staff). The accounting software could safely run on the file server. The dual Xeon server would make a nice domain server. I don't think you really need any more servers right now. The ones you have should be powerful enough for the moment.

    *Backup data from both servers and reinstall Windows.

    *Install Windows 2003 server on the 2000 server.

    *Use GPOs to lock down almost all settings from students and staff.

    *Make sure you have decent antivirus software. Trend SMB works wonderfully for us.

    *Setup remote desktop on the Windows 2003 server(s). Then, you can access from home, if needed.

    Good luck with this project.

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    Re: Suggestions for a complete school IT redesign

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    That harsh Ric_, how many other topics would have to be trimmed for going a little off topic??!!??

    The trimmed bits were VERY off topic and it was getting ridiculous. You'll notice that the important sci-fi bits are still here :P

    I know that I should trim some of the other topics but I'm lazy!

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    Re: Suggestions for a complete school IT redesign

    I would make sure that you have 2 Domain Controllers running. If you only have one and it falls over, everybody is going to be twiddling thumbs...

    What are you doing about backups?

    If I were starting from scratch I would dump every tape device and go with removable hard drives, preferably encrypted ones you can take offsite.



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