Originally Posted by bee
They were planning to convert one building as the sales office while the other building will house the accounting dept. Each building has a network of computers already.. with a server and 3 to 4 workstation (each building)... Our new system programmer installed a new "program" for the company with OS-win2000.. and the problem is we want these two buildings to be "linked" together... Well..our programmer has no idea how.. because they said they haven't done anything like this before..
About VPN... what kind of company should I call?? An internet provider or telecoms company ...or a computer hardware company?? (May idea ka ba kung magkano yun?? )
it can get really complex to configure a network. You need a network administrator, not a programmer.
If the servers are running Windows 2000, you can configure them to work in tandem, basically you can log on to one server and be allowed access to all network resources, but you also will need to set permissions (who can see this resource and who can't). You will have to configure the workstations to logon to one of the servers, probably mapping some server drives, assign printers, etc. The best way is to create a domain, but for that you need a specialized server called domain controller.
About VPN, there are several providers, Ravlin, Cisco. I don't see the need for that unless they want to access network resources over the internet (for example from home). You need a VPN server, that will run the server software, and need clients on the machines that are going to connect through the internet, you need to buy licenses for each user (it's pretty expensive). And you need to setup a firewall, the best idea it's an appliance (easy to configure) but firewalls can be pretty expensive as well. VPN is a very expensive solution and not easy to configure, there are many other aspects and I don't know all the details.
Microsoft has a product that is called small business server, it's basically a Windows server 2003 with limited users licenses and with preinstalled software (SQL server, exchange), that can be a good solution, but don't do this on your own, hire a network adminstrator otherwise you will get in a big mess.