Networking services

Experienced with Windows NT Server, NT Workstation, Windows 2000/2003/2008 Server, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, Vista, Small Business Server, Goldmine, Exchange, and Microsoft SQL Server

  • Network Planning and Installation
  • Hardware & Software Planning and Installation
  • Software Setup
  • Administration
  • Troubleshooting
  • Network Monthly Preventative Maintenance
    • Apply service packs and updates
    • Update antivirus software
    • Test restore of tape backup
    • Monitor server logs for potential trouble

Contact us for all your network needs.

How to secure a wireless network

  • Change the default SSID
  • Turn off the SSID broadcast
  • Turn on MAC filtering
  • Turn on Encryption, WEP (good), WPA (Better), WPA2 (Best)

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Network Planning Checklist

  • Server Hardware
    • RAM (2 GB minimum)
    • Processor
    • Hard Disk Space
    • RAID (RAID 1 (mirror) or RAID 5)
    • DLT Drive
  • Server Software
    • NOS (Network Operating System)
    • Tape Backup Software
    • Anti-Virus Software
    • Application or Terminal Server
    • Applications
    • Fax Server
    • Phone Server
    • Internal Mail Server (Exchange or Mdaemon)
  • External Fax/Modem
  • Dedicated Internet Connection
  • Firewall/Proxy/VPN
    • Watchguard
    • Sonicwall
  • 1000 BaseT managed switch
  • Premise Wiring
    • Wiring the Physical Plant
    • Category 5, 100 BaseT Testing and Verification
  • UPS (uninterruptible power supply)
  • KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switch for multiple servers
  • Physical Security
  • Network Security

Network Security Recommendations

Ask yourself this important question, "How much work can I get done today if my computer doesn’t work?"

  • Security Policy
  • Physically secure the server.
  • Don’t leave a workstation logged in to the network.
  • Password Length-Minimum 8 characters
  • Password Policy
  • Change passwords every 30 to 90 days.
  • Don’t ever give someone your password or write it down.
  • Use at least one capital letter, one number, and one non alphanumeric character. For example, Kabj34#
  • Don’t use words or names for your password, use something like this.
    Use a sentence, for example, I like working at Home 1 #, and take the first character of each word for the password. IlwaH1#
    Having a number, a capital letter and a non alphanumeric character in the password makes it even more secure. This sort of password is virtually uncrackable.
  • Setup the Account Lockout policy on the server. This means if someone can’t remember their password in 5 tries, they are locked out. This prevents the use of dictionary type password cracking programs.
  • Only the Network Administrator installs software on server.
  • Only the Network Administrator has Administrator access.
  • Don't use an Administrative level account for daily work.
  • Viruses
  • There are more than 60,000 viruses out there, and the number is growing every day. They are a very real threat to your network.
  • If you think your pc was just infected with a virus, hit the power button and turn it off. Then call someone who can get rid of the virus.
  • Keep your anti virus software up to date. Update it at least once a month. Every couple of days is better.
  • Anything that comes from outside your computer could have a virus. Always scan any disks from an outside source.
  • E-mail is a very easy way to get viruses. That joke you just opened up could be a virus.
  • A good rule for e-mail attachments: If you don’t have to have it, if you don’t know what it is, no matter who it is from, delete it. Be especially careful of *.exe files.
  • Don’t use company e-mail for personal e-mail, sending jokes, etc. It makes your company look unprofessional and is a good way to get and spread viruses. You wouldn’t use company letterhead to write personal mail, would you?
  • If you have to have the file attachment, save it out of the message first, and then scan it with your anti virus software before you open it up.
  • Don't download anything unless you have to have it, you know what it is, and you know what you are doing. That fun screen saver you just downloaded could be a trojan horse program or a virus that could wipe out every file on your network.
  • Keep current Service Packs and Security Updates installed on all servers and workstations.

Backup Strategies

Backing up your data is extremely important. A typical server network will use a DAT or DLT drive because of their speed and cost effectiveness.

A layered backup strategy gives you multiple layers of redundancy.

  1. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday tapes that are rotated every week.
  2. At least 4 sets of Friday tapes that are rotated every Friday. These should be kept offsite.
  3. At least 3 to 6 months of monthly tapes that get taken offsite.
  4. Making an archive copy of your data to a CD/DVD gives you another layer of redundancy.