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Do we establish an Internet account or sub-contract for an intranet setup?

I'm not an IT authority of any type, but I have been made responsible for the set up a new office environment. The building has intranet wiring. We want the network between 10 office PCs to share script writing/scheduling/budgeting software. Security, high-volume print capabilities and fixed levels of access are important. Do we establish an Internet account or sub-contract for an intranet setup? What additional hardware is needed? Software? OS? Servers?

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To answer your question, "Do we establish an Internet account or sub-contract for an intranet setup?" you should do both. Windows networking has become so easy that anyone could set up a network -- but setting up a network that meets your requirement for security requires an expert. Regarding the hardware and software you'll need, I would recommend setting up a Windows server system. Use Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, if it's available when you start building your network.

This was first published in May 2003

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