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Planning and Designing a Network Infrastructure RRS feed

  • Question

  • HI,

    I am the person responsible for all the IT operations in our organization. We are like around 100 users and counting. We have a basic setup around AD-DS with SQL Server and other basic services running on the network, connected to the internet through a custom linux router/gateway. The mail is hosted with a third party service provider.

    Now moving away from the usual break and fix stuff, I now have to plan an enterprise class infrastructure. The products that we intend to use in our infrastructure are:

    1. Windows Server 2008 R2

    2. SQL Server 2008

    3. MS Exchange

    4.Sharepoint Server 2010

    5. MS Project

    6. Forefront TMG

    7. System Center Essentials.

    It will be highly benificial if I can get some inputs/resource on how to plan/design a network infrastructure.

    Friday, March 9, 2012 1:25 PM

Answers

  • Hi Abhinav,

    My suggestion for you to re-consider your design + cost efficiency.

    For item 3 > You may want to consider migrating your external email source to Microsoft Office 365 ? It is cheaper + lesser hassle. No need to worries about mail space and hardware defects + lesser cost in long term.

    for item 6 > i will prefer you to go with Sophos antivirus. It comes with a better management console. You can deploy 100 users easily with just a few clicks. All u need to do is. Install the sophos antivirus console on your Domain controller. It have the capability to do remote management.

    for item 2 > I will suggest you to go with SQL Server 2012 instead of 2008. Are u planning to go with the SQL standard licenses or SQL enterprise ? Because if you are planning to do DB clustering then i would suggest you to go for enterprise.. because Standard does not have the capabilities to do so.

    For more information, i always recommend my client to contact the MSFT partners, Because they are fit enough to provide you a better and reliable MSFT solution.


    Guowen Su
    Cisco Certified Network Associate
    Cisco Certified Internetwork professional - MPLS
    Certified Information Systems Security Professional
    Microsoft Partner Network 2011
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator:Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
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    • Proposed as answer by Soh.M Saturday, March 10, 2012 4:53 PM
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, March 25, 2012 11:36 AM
    Saturday, March 10, 2012 4:53 PM

All replies

  • Hi Abhinav,

    My suggestion for you to re-consider your design + cost efficiency.

    For item 3 > You may want to consider migrating your external email source to Microsoft Office 365 ? It is cheaper + lesser hassle. No need to worries about mail space and hardware defects + lesser cost in long term.

    for item 6 > i will prefer you to go with Sophos antivirus. It comes with a better management console. You can deploy 100 users easily with just a few clicks. All u need to do is. Install the sophos antivirus console on your Domain controller. It have the capability to do remote management.

    for item 2 > I will suggest you to go with SQL Server 2012 instead of 2008. Are u planning to go with the SQL standard licenses or SQL enterprise ? Because if you are planning to do DB clustering then i would suggest you to go for enterprise.. because Standard does not have the capabilities to do so.

    For more information, i always recommend my client to contact the MSFT partners, Because they are fit enough to provide you a better and reliable MSFT solution.


    Guowen Su
    Cisco Certified Network Associate
    Cisco Certified Internetwork professional - MPLS
    Certified Information Systems Security Professional
    Microsoft Partner Network 2011
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator:Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Certified Ethical Hacker
    Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator
    Certified Sonicwall Security Administrator
    Microsoft Geeks

    • Proposed as answer by Soh.M Saturday, March 10, 2012 4:53 PM
    • Marked as answer by Kevin Remde Sunday, March 25, 2012 11:36 AM
    Saturday, March 10, 2012 4:53 PM
  • HI Guowen,

    For Item 3, we will be sticking with on premise deployment of exchange.

    For Item 6, We will be using TMG as our internal firewall/gateway/proxy. Anti-virus is not the concern at the moment.

    For Item 2, We will be going with Enterprise License, and probably 2008 R2.

    I got some good stuff in the IPD series. Will be back with further queries once I go through it. :)

    Monday, March 12, 2012 7:54 PM