There's no such thing as a stupid question, but they're the easiest to answer.


Networking Networking
Search Search
Search for:
Tech Support Guy > > >

Setting up a school network


rbnfrance's Avatar
rbnfrance rbnfrance is offline
Member with 44 posts.
Join Date: Jan 2005
Experience: Intermediate
24-May-2010, 12:45 PM #1
Setting up a school network

I'm good with computers, but have no idea when it comes to networking. I have been asked to set up a network for our school in Kenya. We currently have one server running windows server 2003. We also have about 35 computers around the school all running windows xp pro sp2. It is a wired network, and we wish to give usernames and passwords for every child and teacher in the school (160 people) so that they can log on. Can I do that with the current set up, or do I have to put windows server on every computer (and replace windows xp) Also, when this has been done, would I be able to set up each child with their own user area to save work into?

Many Thanks for any help or advice you can give.

JohnWill's Avatar
Computer Specs
Retired Moderator with 106,412 posts.
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: South Eastern PA, USA
24-May-2010, 03:56 PM #2
You're fine with what you have.

Configure all of the XP computers for a domain login. You'll just have to create user accounts for all the people on the server, then they can login to their account from any computer.
Jbirk's Avatar
Jbirk Jbirk is offline
Member with 208 posts.
Join Date: Jan 2005
Experience: Einstein
24-May-2010, 07:17 PM #3
On the windows Server 2003, you have to promote it to a Domain Controller.

Start, Run, DCPROMO (or you can do it through the Wizard)

Either way, first set a static IP, and being you have only one server, you probably want it to do DHCP and DNS services, too.

After you get your Active Directory server installed, you can Join the Windows XP computers to the domain, and you can use Active Directory Users and Computers (a tool on the server under Administrative Tools... also Start, Run, DSA.MSC) to create the 160 accounts. You can also setup home directories and even Re-Direct the My Documents if you wish.

Really, all you need if it is wired is a single, typical 48 port switch.
As Seen On

BBC, Reader's Digest, PC Magazine, Today Show, Money Magazine

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Are you having the same problem? We have volunteers ready to answer your question, but first you'll have to join for free. Need help getting started? Check out our Welcome Guide.

Search Tech Support Guy

Find the solution to your
computer problem!

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Title Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Setting up redundant iSCSI network DanielJay Networking 5 10-Feb-2010 04:31 PM
[B] How to set up a wireless network [/B] yayoboy Networking 1 24-Dec-2009 09:18 AM
Desperate for Help in setting up DSL home network!! ensayne Networking 17 07-Sep-2009 11:22 AM
Trying to set up a wired network dudette134 Networking 1 17-Jan-2009 05:03 PM
Setting up a new network dkrodgers Networking 3 27-Oct-2008 05:54 PM

You Are Using: Server ID
Trusted Website Back to the Top ↑