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Setting up a school network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by rbnfrance, May 24, 2010.

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  1. rbnfrance

    rbnfrance Thread Starter

    Jan 11, 2005

    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.

  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    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.
  3. Jbirk


    Jan 15, 2005
    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.
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