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Chelo’s Corporation

Network Upgrade and Exchange Implementation

The Challenge

The corporate offices of Chelo’s Corporation, located in Cumberland, RI, consisted of approximately 10 old Pentium 4 computers running Windows XP Professional, including an Apple Mac™ Pro, and two networked multi-function office copiers. Internet was provided by a dedicated high-speed Cox Communications based Internet connection.

This Windows TM network was aging, with a server running an end-of-life-cycle Windows TM 2000 server operating system on an out of warranty Dell™ PowerEdge server.

Backups were failing, Antivirus was outdated, and daily receipts were being received on a conventional fax machine. Even Internet security was lacking with the use of a consumer grade Linksys® router to protect the corporate network.

The 8 restaurant locations, each with a dedicated high-speed Internet connection from Cox, were not even connected to corporate and email was outsourced with a third party provider.

In summary the corporate network was in need of a major overhaul.

The Solution

Replace all workstation computers with newer more capable Dell® computers running a current version of the Windows® operating system. Replace the aged Dell® PowerEdge server with a newer Dell® PowerEdge T710 and leverage the power of vmware® to provide a more stable and more easily recoverable core platform.

Additionally, the decision to bring email in house to chosen to provide more functionality and control using many of the benefits of Microsoft Exchange™ server.

Competencies Utilized

VMware®

VMware ESXi 5.1 and 5.5 Installation, setup and configuration.

Virtual machine creation and configuration.

Microsoft®

Small Business™ Server 2011 installation and configuration.

Exchange™ Server 2010 installation and configuration.

Active Directory 2008, 40 Users and computers creating a domain.

Networking

Created a multi-site VPN for 8 store locations using dedicated Internet connection and routing devices over IP sec.

Assisting Technologies

Multi-Function Devices, Push Scanning
Networked Faxing
Websense® Email Security
On-Demand VPN for Mobile Workers

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Amazing Result

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