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262RE: FHC Network

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  • Rick P
    Mar 3, 2000

      It all depends upon the mix of your workload. There would be absolutely no
      problem connecting all 8 computers together as a network including the 486s.
      You don't even need extra memory on the 486s if they run DOS. The network is
      a bit easier to set up if they have a bit of memory and can run Windows (4MB
      for 3.11, 8 for 95 and forget 98!) This should be a peer to peer network
      with no central server. One of the Pentiums could hold all of the IGI and
      related CDs on a large hard disk and all of the computers could access it.
      That will work perfectly satisfactorily. In that sense your computer expert
      is wrong.

      The 486 computers may also support Windows if they have sufficient memory
      and are of the faster varieties. However they probably won't support the
      newer Windows based Resource Viewer based programs such as the 1881 UK
      census and others. These need Pentiums and will refuse to work on lesser
      machines. This may have been the thinking of your computer expert and in
      that sense he is right.

      So it all depends on your workload. You can connect all the machines and
      use three of them for the Resource viewers and the others for the Family
      Search/Ancestral File programs. Then upgrade to match your changing

      This is not dissinilar to the setup we run although our scale is even

      I would guess you could network your setup for around $100 plus anything
      you might need for larger disks.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Arthur Lee [mailto:ARTHUR_LEE@...]
      Sent: 03 March 2000 04:58
      To: fhctech; Rick Klemetson
      Subject: [fhctech] FHC Network

      From: Arthur Lee <arthur_lee@...>

      Dear Rick and List

      I tried to phone Rick this evening, but I got a message saying that the
      number I dialed was incorrect so I am writing this letter. Our director
      presented our proposal for a network to the stake presidency and high
      council of the stake that advises our Family History Center. The Stake
      Presidency was very favorable, and turned it over to the stake clerk to
      look into because he is in the computer business. He advised them that we
      would not be able to use the 486 computers as part of a network.

      I previously sent a letter to the FHC Tech list stating that we had three
      pentiums (two of the Dell Pentium 2 that the church is sending out to the
      stakes right now and one Pentium 1 (75 mhz) as well as 4 - 486 computers.
      I was advised that bigger hard drives for the two Dells would be necessary
      and that they could act as the servers and there wouldn't need to be
      changes in any of the other computers (except for cables, cards, etc.).
      Because our Stake Clerk is a "computer specialist" the Stake Presidency of
      course are inclined to take his advice.

      You previously sent us estimated costs including larger hard drives for two
      Pentium II Dells and using our 486 computers. We presented them, adjusting
      the estimated costs for Canadian dollars. It looks as if the network won't
      be approved because we have no way of purchasing four Pentiums (or even one
      more for that matter). I sure would like some help, if possible, to help
      us convince our Stake Clerk that it would be possible to have a network in
      our center. I hope I didn't misunderstand about being able to use the
      486's. I am pretty sure that other centers have set up networks under
      similar situations. What can we say or do? We need some advice.
      Carol Lee

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