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    Help setting up a work network?

    Hello we have a few computers connected to a broadband network and we would like to set up a "work network" to share files. We have an idle PC that we want to store all the information on so we can grab and drop files when we need.

    Can anyone guide me in the right direction to achieve this? Thanks in advance.

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    In the simplest form...

    ]Clicky!

    Original Poster

    Why thank you Can the internet be disabled to prevent invasions to that computer but still share files?

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    Get a pro in. They'll do it quickly and properly!

    master_chief;8478031

    Get a pro in. They'll do it quickly and properly!


    If you really just want to share files and you really can't afford to pay somebody then I would suggest something very simple like a networked hard drive for everyone to share.
    However there is a lot more to networking than "setting up". You need ongoing management of data, security etc.
    If you are in a position where it's important and you are not able or don't want it to be a major part of your workload then you do need to look to a professional.
    Who is another matter. From what I have seen quality of advice and work can vary.

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    Plum;8478374

    If you really just want to share files and you really can't afford to pay … If you really just want to share files and you really can't afford to pay somebody then I would suggest something very simple like a networked hard drive for everyone to share. However there is a lot more to networking than "setting up". You need ongoing management of data, security etc.If you are in a position where it's important and you are not able or don't want it to be a major part of your workload then you do need to look to a professional.Who is another matter. From what I have seen quality of advice and work can vary.



    Funnily enough I'm considering setting up my own business to help small and medium business with their IT infrastructure.
    I've already done some consultation work for some local businesses and I was amazed they'd managed to function for as long as they did before bringing a pro in. It's funny that they'll get an electrician/plumber/skilled tradesman in for work that needs to be carried out but they're so reluctant to have an IT pro in.

    Original Poster

    I've set up networks before I just need it so its protected, no internet on it but networked?

    ]Small Business Server could be your answer but it probably need a bit more than a spare PC to run it on. You would be able to manage user accounts and file permissions etc as you don't want everbody to access all files I assume. Having all the files centrally managed is a great idea but you will need to back them up regularly also in case of hardware failure or viruses etc

    Prob will not be cheap but it's professional and expandable

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    MS small business server is good. May I also point you in the direction of...

    apple.com/uk/…er/

    Simple as anything to use, everything you need, powerful, reliable and cheap!!

    master_chief;8478423

    Funnily enough I'm considering setting up my own business to help small … Funnily enough I'm considering setting up my own business to help small and medium business with their IT infrastructure.I've already done some consultation work for some local businesses and I was amazed they'd managed to function for as long as they did before bringing a pro in. It's funny that they'll get an electrician/plumber/skilled tradesman in for work that needs to be carried out but they're so reluctant to have an IT pro in.


    I guess in ** years an IT pro will be in that list.
    ade2j;8478462

    I've set up networks before I just need it so its protected, no internet … I've set up networks before I just need it so its protected, no internet on it but networked?


    I must be missing something here.
    To not have the internet you simply don't plug it in. :thinking:
    So protected from what?
    I am sure you know what you want, but I can't figure it out.
    Sorry I am not trying to be funny here.
    I am sure I am in for a doh moment. :oops:

    Original Poster

    Sorry if I'm confusing people here, we are all connected via Ethernet cable to the broadband so is there a way to network the computers but keep the computer which has all the files off the internet?

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    ade2j;8478996

    Sorry if I'm confusing people here, we are all connected via Ethernet … Sorry if I'm confusing people here, we are all connected via Ethernet cable to the broadband so is there a way to network the computers but keep the computer which has all the files off the internet?



    Yes on your firewall. Just put a deny all access on the IP address of the computer storing files.

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    master_chief;8479007

    Yes on your firewall. Just put a deny all access on the IP address of the … Yes on your firewall. Just put a deny all access on the IP address of the computer storing files.



    :thumbsup: Thanks, what will be the normal port for sharing on a network? 80?

    Simple really set up a private network a 10.10.*.* chuck windows server 2008 on your spare pc, set up some user accounts and set some file shares up.

    All you will need is a switch possibly a few nic cards and a copy of windows server 2008.
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