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Wiz

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Mr. Smith is the Director of IT at a law firm located in downtown Chicago. He needs to plan for a network upgrade. He has decided that he would like to have a network analysis done before the upgrade so that he can find out which systems would require upgrades and to create a strategy to present to the senior partners that will include return on investment.

The law offices occupy four floors of a high-rise building. The customer is experiencing network latency, especially in the Accounting department and in Human Resources, which both reside on the 32nd floor. The director of the Accounting department has expressed concerns about the security of his files. The Research, IT, and Corporate Administration departments all share the 33rd floor. The senior and junior partners and their support staff occupy the 35th floor, and the 36th floor is used for reception and conference rooms. The firm has decided that video conferencing is an essential component of its business and is looking to implement video conferencing as soon as possible so it can communicate with two new satellite offices that will be occupied in six months.

The firm has one network segment for each floor, but has been experiencing latency. Each floor except the 36th has 10 to 20 printers. Each floor has a 100Mb uplink to the Data Center on the 33rd floor. There are approximately 50 PCs on the 36th floor, 150 PCs on the 35th floor, and 40 PCs on both the 32nd and 33rd floors. The servers for each department reside on their respective floors. Mr. Smith is concerned about network security and wants a recommendation to secure traffic of three specific departments: Human Resources, Accounting, and Corporate Administration.

Answer these questions:

What type of testing program (Prototype or Pilot) would you recommend to test the video conferencing among the remote offices? Why did you choose the method over other options?

What type of naming structure would you give to servers, network devices and end nodes in this network? Provide a few examples.

Explain why Mr. Smith's existing network does not provide adequate security for the data in each department? How do you want to optimize the network?

Explain to Mr. Smith the function of each network device.

Will the needs of key departments change your network design? Explain your answer.
 

Wiz

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I used all your suggestions and damn if it didn't work...I will come here more often for my schooly work help....
 

plaino

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What type of testing program (Prototype or Pilot) would you recommend to test the video conferencing among the remote offices?

Never heard of or used either of them.

Why did you choose the method over other options?

Cause I said so.

What type of naming structure would you give to servers, network devices and end nodes in this network?

Depends on if the servers are going to have different OS's. Some might be Server 2k8 or 2k3. If they are 2k8, they might be core. Some might be standard or enterprise, etc..

What I have done is the past is put the OS type, the role of the server and usually another descriptor Example: Win2k8PDC1 would be Windows 2k8 Standard and its role is a Primary Domain controller. YOU might want to maybe add a dept in like Win2k8PDC1Accnt which would be the Primary Domain Controller for accounting. In some cases you might have like a linux box COSMail01Accnt which would be a CentOS box that is a mail front end. Just some examples I have used in the real world.

For network devices manufacturer or model number and location is what I use. ciscoasa5510accnt Would be a Cisco ASA 5510 in accounting.

End Node? I never heard that term before. I just googled it, sounds like they mean a workstation or any computer on the network. What I wold do is a naming scheme that incorporates the dept and end with a sequential number. Accounting01, accounting02, something like that.

Explain why Mr. Smith's existing network does not provide adequate security for the data in each department? How do you want to optimize the network?

Well they don't explain what security they have now so hard to say.

What I would do to enhance security is through group policy enforce strong passwords and password change every 3-6 months.

Segment every single department and use Cisco routers to separate vlans

Very strict permissions when it comes to shared files and folders.

Network wise - GIGABIT EVERYTHING within each floor and Fiber between floors.

Will the needs of key departments change your network design?

Yes the network design will need to be changed to enhance security.

Just my 2 cents, Good luck. Questions? PM me
 
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