The sole purpose of this paper is to show the network implementation infrastructure for GAI advertising firm in its two newly established sites at New York and Los Angeles. The paper will highlight the advantages of using windows server 2012 in order to meet the firm’s objectives in networking.
It is beneficial to have a review of the overall network infrastructure at GAI advertising firm and show the advantages of using the windows server network infrastructure. To this date many organizations have had issues with their general network security which leads to huge losses when hackers or ill minded people get loopholes into an organizations network and maliciously access unauthorized data. I will use the windows network infrastructure in order to block this loopholes and also enhance the security of the organization in reference to data security (krenn,2012). I am not only talking about preventing 0network hackers but show the need for data security between users. Introduction of a secure tunnel with the use of IPSec will help a secure transmission of inter site traffic between the two sites and in turn secure the data transmitted. This will make sure that transmission of data will only engage the authorized persons only. With the use of a proxy over the network and admin generated IPS will make it harder for unauthorized persons to access the network. All this are benefits that comes with windows network infrastructure that I will display in this paper.
There is need to have more than one servers located at the different sites with a local IP for easier access. This will make sure that one server is not loaded with all the data which reduces the risk of data loss in case of failure (krenn, 2012). By this I mean, there will be a requirement of having two servers one to handle the emails and the other to handle the general data of the company. The two servers will be password and IP protected to make sure that only the IT administrator can access.
Windows server 2012.
The roll out of windows server 2012 in the firm will be a big boost to the data security and also productivity of the firm. This is because despite of its simplicity in usage it brings with it various features that will be very beneficial. These features include: –
Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Having being created using the Metro design language, Windows Server 2012 has an eye-catching look and feel. This is because it can be installed in two cores namely Server core that has a well-designed Interface with limited options and the Server with GUI options that offers the options without reinstallation. Windows Server 2012 allows the switch between both cores using the administrator privilege (Technet, RODS’, 2012).
The best thing with Windows Server 2012 is that it offers an IP address management(IPAM) that has a role of management of network’s IP address space, monitoring, auditing, and discovering new addresses within the system.
This feature offers scalability, virtual extensibility switch that make it possible to virtually extend the network functionality which was either difficult or impossible in the earlier versions.
There have been numerous changes in the server. It has been made possible for the PowerShell-based deployed wizard to work remotely thus making it possible for administrators to promote cloud based servers to domain controllers without having the wizard to run on the server itself. This will allow the administrator to remotely sort out server related issues remotely within any computer on the network.
There have been additional of Refs(Resilient File System) for file servers that allows logging and being able to detect errors within the network.
The Windows Server 2012 allows the live storage migration thus its not necessary to use virtual machines while migrating storage.
The server will allow cluster aware updating that will allow the whole cluster to stay online while the update is in progress.
Deployment and Server Editions.
I will implement the use of two servers that will be used in managing the company.
There is need to secure the email communication within the firm. This will call for the use of an Email server that will make this happen. In order to use the email privilege within the firm, the administrator will create id that are domain based with respect to the firm. This will mean that all users have to be added in the active directory so as to enable the creation of domain based ids for the help of email communication. The server will be IP and password protected meaning only the administrator will have the rights to configure the users (Technet, DHCP’, 2012).
In this server, I will implement the use of standard edition type of windows server 2012 mainly because e there will be no need of virtualization environment.
I will also implement the use of server core with GUI. This is because the administrator need to have a simple track on the server for easier troubleshoot in case of errors. It is also essential to use standard edition in user machines with the server core with GUI for easier interface.
The server will be located at the main site in the IT administrator’s office. This will allow easier monitoring. The use of intranet which means only the members in the network will be able to access the network will be of major help.
This type of server will be manually deployed to allow the administrator to install and configure the server in order to ensure complete secure channels of communication.
This will be a significant type of server. All the users will have the access of the servers as it will be the place of storage for all company data. The server will also be IP and password protected that would mean that only authorized individual will have access to the data. It will have virtual servers in it to allow management of rights of access for different usersTechnet,(Configuring Active Directory, 2012).
This will multiply the loopholes of intrusion multiplying the chances by zero. It will be a good implementation of data security mainly by managing the rights of access from my side.
It will be for the best to use the datacentre edition of the windows server, this is because it allows private virtualization thus it will make it possible to control the rights of access. This requires the use of server core with GUI also so as to enhance on the interface and management of the server.
This server will be located at the main site. The implementation of an intranet type of network will allow access to all the users in the two sites sequentially.
the server will be manually deployed so that the IT administrator can install the server and configure all the users.
With this firm I, will implement one active domain forest. This will make it scalable in that more active directory domain services can be created in the forest to allow a hierarchical configuration and data monitoring according to the right of access.
In order to enhance data security, there will be no use of Read-Only domain controller. Being a new feature in the active directory RODC allows caching of credentials which would not be a good option with respect to data security and intrusion avoidance.
With the use of the active directory located in the server at the main site, the administrator will be able to create a connection link for the second site. This will help in managing data replication between the two sites and enable the second site to communicate with the active directory within the intranet.
With the help of the Active directory forest domain controller, it will be an easy job for the administrator to group the users of the network according to their hierarchical rights within the firm policy. This means that each user will be on a certain level of access within the firm policy.
DNS and DHCP
DNS stands for domain name server. It is largely equivalent to a phonebook as it maintains a directory of all domain names and eventually translates them into internet protocols(IP) addresses. It is necessary in that although it is easy for everyone to remember their name addresses the machine uses the IPs to access websites. This will be a great implementation in the network by allowing assigning each of the two servers an IP address so as configuration of the users can be used using the IP addresses for the servers.
DHCP refers to a dynamic host control protocol which automatically assigns IP address to users of a network. In my view, it would not be in order to implement DHCP use as I prefer admin assigned IPs for security purposes.
In respect to DNS name spacing, three points will be considered. Whether the dns will be used for the internet, whether the active directory will be used and whether the namespace will be used for internal purposes. All the three points will be the building block of the DNS namespace. Since all three will be implemented there will be need to create a common DNS to be used for all of them. A common DNS will enable the user of the intranet to access all the services within the network.
All applications that will be used within the company will be shared over the internet in a common folder that can be accessed within the network by the users. However, installation rights will be for the administrator so as to avoid installation of third party applications by the users.
File and Printer sharing.
All this will be via the internet. A common folder will be created that can be accessed within the network by all users making it easy to share files within the firm.
However, all the printers will be configured with an IP address within the firm namespace so ass to allow all users be able to access the printers within the network.
There is need for a distributed file sharing, this will be with the help of the DNS and the Active Directory. This will be able to control replications and allow file sharing as well.
The administrator will configure the File Server Recourse Manager(FRSM) so as to know to control and monitor the type of data stored in the server.
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