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Hope Center 2003

Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

Project HOPE

Objectives/Goal Transforming the HOPE center from the traditional peer-to-peer network into a more robust user friendly and collaborative environment, utilizing a server based storage model. By understanding the needs of the business and its daily operations, we will improve communications across multiple networks and enhance all data communications for the Hope Center. This will enable the Hope Center to be more proactive and less reactive to their customer’s business needs and wants. End users will have the ability to work more efficiently, and swiftly providing a gateway to superior time management in the work place. High Level Goal orientation action items • • • • Transition existing wired network to Wireless Create a server-based network Develop a VPN solution Implement individual system upgrades and solutions

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Hope Center 2003

Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

Project HOPE

Description of the project. Why is it necessary? The Hope center and its workforce have a need for a more reliable and robust network. The current network at the Hope Center does not support many of the technological functions that are highly sought after in today’s business environment. Currently the centers network is not configured properly or is overburdened by inconsistency and a lack of an organized structure. The Center is looking for the following benefits to be noted as deliverables at the end of Project HOPE. • • To share network resources such as printers, files and secure data in a user friendly efficient way. To implement a solution that will increase there Network and personal storage space exponentially and to allow for a more centralized and consistent data storage system • • To implement a secure VPN Solution that will allow customers seamless connectivity from home To implement a VPN connection from the customers Warehouse to the corporate Head quarters to allow for real time updates of inventory and customer related TCP/IP applications. • To enhance the amount of security on the center’s network and prevent malicious service attacks, data leaks to hackers and to secure network files to ensure client confidentiality.

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Hope Center 2003

Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

Project HOPE

Long Term Objectives and goals The Hope Center is currently a small non-profit organization. The network being implemented will give the customer a broad array of options in the Telecommunications field. It leaves room for expandability and will encompass a safe and secure WAN/LAN solution, now and in the future. As the company grows and acquires a larger portion of market share, the Network allows for multiple locations with LANS to be interconnected and serve as one corporate entity. The network solution proposed is cost effective and robust. This is in price comparison to the price structure that would be associated with a Frame Relay or a leased line solution. As the Hope Center moves forward into the future it is essential and recommended that they explore all of there options before implementing additional network resources that may not be needed.

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Hope Center 2003

Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

Project HOPE

Activities The following work will be done within a specified time fame and will contain the necessary action items to receive the desired results of the customer and the Project Managers. Transition existing wired network to Wireless • • • • • • • Assess current hardware configurations Install new PC Hardware if needed Assess software installed Install new hardware if needed Install Linksys Wireless access point Remove exiting Network interface cards Install new Wireless Network interface cards

Create a server-based network • • Upgrade all workstations to Windows XP Professional Build Windows 2000 server 1. Install windows 2000 server 2. Configure Windows 2000 server 3. Create Shares on server 4. Create users and rights on server 5. Implement Server based software • Install Cisco 2900 XL switch 1. Install wiring to switch 2. Configure switch IOS 3. Configure VLANs • Install SMC Router Hope Center 2003 Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

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Project HOPE

1. Install wiring to Router 2. Configure router IOS 3. Configure IP addressing (DHCP/Static) assignments • Develop a VPN solution 1. Configure router for VPN configuration 2. Configure remote PC’s for VPN 3. Test VPN Solution 4. Implement VPN solution

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Hope Center 2003

Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

Project HOPE

Methodology At the base of the proposed project the proposed methodology will be simple I structure. Given that the Hope Center is a business and there will periods of Network down time for critical path items at a specified time. These times will be communicated to the Director of the Hope Center (Deborah Durham). All steps of the project will be documented and tested prior to the implementation of any hardware and software to limit the amount of network downtime. Quality assurance will be assessed at every stage and milestone to insure the Hope Center is receiving the desired deliverables on time and in an organized fashion. This will be put in place by a new email address technicalsupport@hopectr.com. The emails sent here will be answered within a twenty-four hour window. The process of implementing a network of this caliber will take coordination from both parties involved and will take an insurmountable amount of communication. We would like the Hope Center to communicate the smallest issue no matter how small to insure a seamless network migration.

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Hope Center 2003

Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

Project HOPE

Expected dates to start and finish Project Duration: 73 days Projected Start Date: July 22, 2003 The start date of the project will be July 22, 2003 all parties will be and are expected to be present at the initial meeting this includes. The expectations of the PMs and the Hope Centers concerns will be addressed. The process of network upgrading will be explained to each user so there is a clear understanding of what will take place over the next seventy-three days or approximately four months. Project Managers: Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw Hope Center: Director Deborah Durham All hope center Staff Projected End Date: October 2, 2003 The end date of the project will be October 2, 2003 all parties will be and are expected to be present at the initial meeting this includes. The expectations of the PMs and the Hope Centers concerns will be addressed. This meeting will be set to discuss and train the new existing wireless server based storage network that is install and being used. Project Managers: Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw Hope Center: Director Deborah Durham All hope center Staff Detailed Hope Center 2003 Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

Project HOPE

Expected Output • • Share network resources such as printers, files and secure data in a user friendly efficient way. A solution that will increase the Hope Centers Network and personal storage space exponentially and to allow for a more centralized and consistent data storage system • • A secure VPN Solution that will allow the Hope Center seamless connectivity from home to their Corporate LAN A VPN connection from the customers Warehouse to the corporate Head quarters to allow for real time updates of inventory and customer related TCP/IP applications. • Enhance the amount of security on the center’s network and prevent malicious service attacks, data leaks to hackers and to secure network files to ensure client confidentiality.

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Hope Center 2003

Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

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