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MAKERERE UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SCHOOL BACHELOR OF BUSINESS COMPUTING/BACHELOR OF OFFICE AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISE NETWORK ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT ACADEMIC YEAR 2010/1011 SEMESTER 1 TAKE-HOME ASSIGNMENT

Instructions:

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Assignment should be carried out in groups of NOT MORE than 10.

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Assignment is due one month (1) from the date of issue.

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All members in the group are required to present their final report.

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All write up must be computer type set with clear illustrations in a report form of not more than 15 pages.

NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Rwatamagufa School of Informatics comes up as one of the most brilliant initiatives of the century. It is a symbol of success in a growing nation

Only last year on 1 st January 2009 the new government of the republic announced $110 million funding for the School’s next generation research network- RSI*net 2. This document outlines a possible architecture for that network as well as a research project whose implementation will go over a ten year period in two distinct phases, 1 and 2.

The overall objective of the RSI*net 2 network (phase 2) is to build the world’s first customer empowered optical IP network where users initially at Gigapops, but eventually individual institutions and ultimately at desktops will be able to purchase, setup and manage their own optical wavelength networks. Using a setup and manage their own optical wavelength networks, using a set of concepts called Web service (WS) and object oriented networking (OON) this architecture will ensure massive bandwidth interconnectivity to support applications in basic research and such as advanced high performance distributed applications called “grids” or “escience” that will be carried out not only between Rwatamagufa School of Informatics Departments and research centres but within our communities.

More significantly by using WS to manage optical networks, the network elements and network functionality can be treated as simply another set of services with a resource discovery process, communication and

nomenclature consistent and seamless with other web services. Thus network services can be a seamless part of larger computational and peer to peer grid projects.

The purpose of this discussion document is not to provide details on a technology solution but outline the architectural framework for a research program that will lead ultimately to customer ownership and control of their own light paths across an optical infrastructure.

In phase I, The school, which brings together 3 semi independent institutions, is to implement an integrated inter-campus network, to enable efficient communication and sharing of resources between the main campus and the 3 semi independent institutions located in different regions of the country. This was contained in the school’s strategic plan developed way back in December 2001, when the Rwatamagufa School of Informatics was launched.

This will be an effort to improve the existing independent LANs at the main campus as well as at each of the Institutions.

The main campus has a population of 10000 students and 250 staff where as each of the colleges has an average of 120 students. The current facilities include 12 computer labs with 30 computers each on an independent network segment, 5 internet centres, several user departments including the faculties and 15 administrative departments

The current network is quite inefficient and does not provide for full integration of resources.

As a student of ENAM, you have been contracted as a consultant to design an efficient intercampus network that enables full integration of resources.

The Rwatamagufa School of Informatics is desired to implement e- learning technologies with full multimedia integration and to automate the main services like; admissions processing, registration, fees payments, transcripts processing evaluation etc to its clients.

Additional data

Design a suitable LAN for each of the labs and centres.

Construct an illustration to show intercampus network layout as a solution to the network problem through definition of requirements, selection of devices, physical and logical assembly.

Define specifications of network requirements, transmission media, IP address and sub netting schemes.

Illustrate Internet connectivity and choose a suitable ISP.

Suggest measures for effective network administration.

Required Draw a series of essential Network diagrams of your solution detailing the following with clear specifications. Justify your recommendations

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The LAN layouts

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The internet work structure.

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Network size

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Addressing scheme; internet connectivity and choice of ISP

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Network hardware

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Network transmission media

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Network software

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Data management, transmission and sharing

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Network administration and security policy

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Intranet and extranet implementation

Hint:

Include all technical specifications in your diagrams, justify your recommendations and be as creative in your solution as possible.

Prepare a 5 slide presentation to summarize your project and to support your documentation.