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i want to set up about 20 to 30 logins and create a file server and i want to use a network for testing out things

could you tell me step by step how to set up a network and what programs our good for maintaing a network

also what would i need

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bondi 007

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you wont need anything apart from what i mentioned in the "whats a switch" thread. All the software is built into the OS

You will not be able to have logins on XP home! Xp home is crappy for networking.

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ive got xp pro and what is this thing i think its called active directory

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bondi 007

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its for networking yes but i think you need a Window Sever 2003 machine to use it properley.

by the way XP pro only allow like 5 simultaneous connections. To get more you will need server 2003 + some licence packs. that would be over $3000

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so once i get server 2003 then can i get more and five machines running through it

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yes, but it's worth about $1000. you might look at implementing a linux domain server, which is the same thing, you should look at SLES 10. not olny will you learn more with linux, it'll be cheaper of free.

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you need to buy CAL (Client Access Licences) for use with Server 2003 but like I said, thats not cheap. 40 CALS are like $4000 - $8000 and the server OS alone is likee $1000 to $2000

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you need to buy CAL (Client Access Licences) for use with Server 2003 but like I said, thats not cheap. 40 CALS are like $4000 - $8000 and the server OS alone is likee $1000 to $2000

Is that for use with active directory? I thought you didn't need any more licenses.

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oh, but at the server 2003 setup, you can choose as many cals as you want right? that's what i noticed the many times i've set it up.

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how would ms ever know?

i got winserver for free, as i was part of an IT program, so i guess i don't really care.

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