hey guys this is big .. real big. well atleast for me. so contribute you big guyz. my old friends here.. drgrudge, kalpik, freshseasons, quake_abhi, shwetanshu, Vishal Gupta, maverickrohan, Dipen, hailgautam, geek, saurav_cheeta, others (sorry for forgetting more names) I want to make a new networking model in office. Suggest me >What setup I shall make and then > Then we can discuss hardware and then > I can decide on budget ( not a big issue but not unlimited) and then >we can finalize the things at meetings. So.. here it is.. current setup is too bad to be called a networking. there are 5 PCs and 3 Laptops at a time in office. PC-1 (lenovo desktop 2 years old on WinXP), PC-2 and PC-3 (Windows Me on PIII, 256mb ram), PC-4 (Win XP on AMD athlon64, 512MB ram), Laptops one Sony Vaio (3yr) and other is Dell XPS(new), One more Laptop with Dell 1510 (6months old). There were badly networked by an old guy 2 years back. beleive it or not. he put the wifi switch on than networked them using that. and what was heartening that it had no-password yes thats true.. and no central sever to record data in one place data was scattered in all the places. 3 laser-jets and 3 ink-jets in one office. WTF so it was all goner .. the network must go, just that I have recenly got a new MTNL wifi-modem-cum-router with 4 RJ 45s. So.. now I have the opportunity to make a new setup here.. I want to suggest a new setup to my bosses, they are willing to spend on new computers provided that there is a need. so budget is not an issue as such but its not unlimited bcoz it is not a big firm guyz. New setup I think is can be.. (with future proof). 1 Central Server, 6 Nodes ( i mean PCs), 4 Laptops with support to add more in future both laptop and desktops. Laptop probably be needed to be added through wi-fi. With one node as back-up server for emergency. I want to install Windows Server on it, then incant they go for the new official website then we can have a mail server as well. Buying 1 server, and required systems for networking n everything. and 1 pc only if required. not otherwise Budget: 1 Lac .. (preliminary suggestion its not fixed as yet) Computer Users: 15-20 people with 5 as permanent users, 5 bosses (including me ), and 10 trainees (but use the system often but PC is not fixed. Note that I need a setup than can be shifted to a new premises if the boss buy a new office in other location with bigger area and working people. Prerequisites: All the people are Linux illiterate, so cant teach them. They need windows and windows only. When they use nodes./ they want Windows. I would love AMD processor that's obvious isn't it ). Now how do I start with this. discuss.. I will appreciate the guys who are network admins enlighten us.