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Offline jeffwin  
#1 Posted : Monday, October 15, 2001 8:16:10 PM(UTC)
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Dear friends,
I'm wondering whether it'll be possible to use 2 NICs at the same computer, one to be connected to a switch (which is around 40m away) and the other one to be connected to a client which is only several m away.
Thanks a lot in advance.
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#2 Posted : Monday, October 15, 2001 9:47:26 PM(UTC)
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Yes it is extremely possible, your basically making your computer into a router...

Do you just want your computer that is hooking up to the computer to be on the network?

First thing you will need is a crossover cable, because two computers or end pieces of hardware (unless it has built in crossovers) cant do it.

Look up Bridging Network Cards on www.google.com there Im sure will be several walkthroughs, I tried to write it out but it wasnt going to be coherent enough to be worthwhile.

But to answer your question yes you can
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#3 Posted : Monday, October 15, 2001 11:02:43 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for your help, let me give you further details on my situation.

Actually the PC I'll be trying to install 2 NICs will be a server, on a small network. There will be 6 clients. 5 on the work are located about 40m away, and 1 located only metres away. In order to connect all the clients to the server, I'm planning to use 2 NICs, as described in my first posting. So I'm not trying to create my server into a router. is it possible to do so (using Windows XP Professional Edition)?

BTW, I still don't quite understand the difference between managed and unmanaged switch. Care enough to explain it for me? ^_^ I'm planning to use 8-port unmanaged hub switch, judging from the economic aspect. But I still don't quite understand the difference between the two types, and which one I should use.

Thanks again for your kindness.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 16, 2001 6:00:25 PM(UTC)
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Basically a managed switch allows to you have vlan's, packet filtering, etc. If you don't need the utmost performance then don't worry about it. Managed switches typically are only used on very large networks that have high traffic amounts.

Oh and XP should be able to act as a router between the two networks. I believe Winblowz calls it IP forwarding.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, October 16, 2001 8:37:54 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for your advice. More on Windows XP.

Basically, I'm trying to set up a network for a machine assembling company, which uses AutoCAD 2000. The management demands very high security, because the data is very important and must not be sabotaged. Is it possible, using Windows XP Professional Edition, to set the clients (using user access control) so that the user (the CAD operators) won't be able to copy the data (AutoCAD files) to any removable storage (such as FDD)? The saved data should only be located on the server, for security reasons.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, October 17, 2001 3:27:20 PM(UTC)
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The only way of I know to make it secure is to remove the floppy. There may be an auditing level you can set up but I'm not sure right off hand. I've also heard the XP Pro does not allow file level permissions unless you are a member of a domain so be careful there. You may also consider a PGP disk or something if they need to be absolutely safe.
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, October 17, 2001 7:25:23 PM(UTC)
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From what I heard (I downloaded the white papers from Microsoft's XP site), if I'm not mistaken, Windows XP Pro does offer file level permissions (or was it folder level permission?). Have you tried downloading the white papers from Microsoft?

And what does it mean, 'unless you're a member of a domain'?

And how do I use PGP in a network for this application?

Thanks in advance.
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#8 Posted : Friday, October 19, 2001 10:24:34 AM(UTC)
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Yes from what I have read on my copy of XP Pro (I have two copies legit copies now like I said i would)

It does have exclusive permissions, you have to turn SIMPLE SHARING off, it is in the folder options, then you can give files rights.

I havent tried this, but I did see it.

GB
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#9 Posted : Friday, October 19, 2001 12:54:19 PM(UTC)
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Thanks GB....looks like point for FOS hehe...

A domain is basically a group of users and resources that are administered from a single location. Check microsoft.com and then IT Professional for more details.

PGP is basically just an independent software that you install on any machine. Then you can create what is called a PGP disk that will allow you to encrypt a disk. Then only users with PGP installed and the correct key will be able to access that disk. Go to http://www.pgp.com/ for more details.
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#10 Posted : Friday, October 19, 2001 7:16:08 PM(UTC)
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With Windows XP Pro, is it possible to monitor each user's activity and log them, or do I need a third-party software?

Regarding PGP, which one should suits my use better? The PGP Disk Encryption?

Between Win 2K Server and Win XP Pro, which one should be better to use as a server?

Thanks in advance.
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#11 Posted : Friday, October 19, 2001 8:55:40 PM(UTC)
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You should be able to set up Auditing on a per user basis. That would let you know who is doing what.

Your best bet with PGP is the Encrypted Disk. It will make darn sure that if someone is not supposed to be looking at it they can't. Regardless of what security is set on W2k or XP.

As for a server I wouldn't consider anything other than W2K server. XP is just not made to do the stuff that W2K server can...I.E. set up domains, ADS, etc.
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