Case Project 1-1
Networking Gadgets, Inc., currently employs 8 people but plans to hire 10 more in the next four months. Users will work on multiple projects, and only users assigned to a project should have access to the project files. You’re instructed to set up the network to make it easy to manage and back up yet still provide centralized storage for project files. Would you choose a peer-to-peer network, a server-based network, or a combination? Why?
I would go for a server-based network. I’d rather have the shared files on a server that I manage than stored on their computers. Who knows what the end user will do. At least I know they can’t mess with the server configuration, so the backups are more likely to work. Plus, 10 people is a large increase and I wouldn’t want to have to change the network later on if we grew even more.
Case Project 1-2
CNT Books hired you as a productivity consultant. Currently, it employs six people who will be moving into new office space. You are to configure a network that allows them to share files and printers. Employees must also be able to control resources on their own machines. The company wants the most inexpensive solution and only minimal training for employees. Would you choose a peer-to-peer network or a server-based network? Write a list of supplies you might need to purchase to perform this task. What computer configuration tasks might you need to perform?
I would choose peer-to-peer. I’d set computers up as a part of the same workgroup, enable file and printer sharing, and enable network discovery. Net view can allow me to see other computers in the workgroup to verify it has worked (via command line). I would create a shared folder on each computer where they can put files they want everyone else to access. I would want files to be backed up though so I would probably recommend purchasing a secure encrypted cloud backup service. https://www.boxcryptor.com/en/pricing/ looks good for that. No additional hardware outside of the printers and computers would be needed.
Case Project 1-3
CNT Books has expanded considerably since you got the network up and running three years ago. It now occupies an entire floor in the building, and its LAN has grown to include several servers and more than 60 workstations. CNT Books has recently purchased another book company and needs more space and computers. Expansion plans include leasing another floor four stories above the current offices in the same building and adding 35 workstations and at least one more server immediately, with additional equipment purchases expected. What type of network is called for—LAN, WAN, MAN, or internetwork? What additional devices might be needed to ensure efficient network communication?
If the building has the ability to connect the new floor to the original floor via ethernet, that would be an easy solution. If the two companies shouldn’t have access to each other’s resources then different vlans could be set up. They might need another switch upstairs to connect into. Also with so many people wanting to access printers and shared files, I’d probably want to set up a primary server with which to put shared files on. We could still use boxcryptor for encrypted backup just in case.