April 23rd, 2012, 11:15 AM
Originally Posted by ourhome
Do I need to install windows server in one of the workstations to use domain authentication?
How should I assign IP addresses, static or DHCP?
NO NO NO!
There is A LOT more going on here than you realize and that we could explain in a setting like this. But, if you're determined to do it, here's the 30 second explanation:
You will need to buy a server machine, DO NOT use a regular workstation to power this. While it's true a server OS can be run on workstation class hardware, you WILL want the extra security and redundancy such as RAID, UPS, redundant power supplies, etc. Dell makes a very affordable SMB server line that's perfect for about 50-75 users.
OF COURSE USE DHCP, there is ZERO reason to use statics across the board.
For a network this large, plan to spend a few thousand on REAL business class networking equipment. DO NOT go buy a linksys router and hope to plug everything into that. A firewall appliance wouldn't be a bad idea either. I'm a big advocate of Cisco, but I'm the type that thinks it's better to spend more and get a quality product than save a few bucks and hope for the best.