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Insane Systems builds custom computers for their customers. They specialize in building cases that are unique and support the latest in hardware technology. They started off as a small company that provided this service to gamers who would take their cases to LAN parties to show off. Because their systems were
Over the past few months, Insane Systems has been developing plans to expand their company. They have identified San Jose, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and New York City as the locations with their highest customer base. The current Chicago location will
Because the company is planning on expanding, they want to make sure that the network infrastructure is in place to support their larger, distributed company. They are also
Part of the expansion of the company is a complete
Your company has been
Currently we have a single location with all of our processes local. As we grow, we would like to keep all of the administration here in Chicago. Because the new branches are primarily retail and support offices, we will not need to have a large staff in those locations.
Most of the infrastructure that we support is located here at the corporate office. We do support some key servers at the manufacturing location. We support these servers from our main office. Because the servers are nearby, if there is a problem, we can usually be on site within half an
The new branches are going to be another issue altogether. We would like to retain the same level of administrative control over the servers in the new locations that we
We have grown very quickly over the past three years and our current technologies have kept up with that growth. However, we don t think the current infrastructure is ready for the amount of growth that we are expecting within the following year. We are not afraid of moving to the latest technology, but we want to make sure that the design is stable and makes sense for us,
Most of our processes are located here at this office, and we would like to keep it that way. We know that servers will need to be located at the remote offices, but we would like to be able to provide most of the support from this location. Remote administration tools will need to be included within the design so that we can keep our administrative costs at a minimum.
Currently, we have most of our servers located at the main office, and all located on their own high-speed backbone. We do have a server at the manufacturing site that allows the staff there to have e-mail as well as plans and orders in case we lose connectivity between the offices. This server is running Exchange 5.5. Several times during the day we replicate the public folder information to this system so that they are always up-to-date and do not have to dial up to the main office using our 56Kbps modem.
The systems at the main office are all supported by our staff of four administrators. All of the administrators are cross-trained on Windows NT 4, Exchange 5.5, SQL Server 7, our accounting software, and each of our file and print servers. We currently have several Windows NT 4 servers in place, including one Exchange 5.5 server at both locations, one SQL Server 7 server at the main office, one server running our accounting package that interfaces with the SQL server, and one file and print server that is used by both locations. The Exchange server at the manufacturing location doubles as a print server also.
Because all of the client machines are running Windows NT 4 Workstation, we do not have to worry about supporting different operating systems. We would like to maintain that same easy administration with the upcoming system. We would like to provide the same types of services at the remote locations that we provide at the home office, although accounting will remain at the home office and will not be spread out to all of the locations.
After investigating the current infrastructure, you have determined that the following servers are in place:
Primary Domain Controller (PDC)
Backup Domain Controller (BDC)
Exchange 5.5 Server
SQL Server 7
Systems Management Server 2.0
Research and Development File Server
Backup Domain Controller (BDC)
DNS/WINS/DHCP Relay Agent Server
Exchange 5.5/File Server
The Corporate Office
The manufacturing facility contains 12 Windows NT 4 workstations connected to the same switch as the servers. Because Insane Systems does not want to slow down production due to a communication failure, they have taken advantage of Exchange 5.5 Server s public folder replication. Public folders are continually updated with the latest orders. The crew foreman can access the orders locally from these public folders at any time, whether the communication link between the locations is up or not. This location uses another address range ”192.168.20.0/24.
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