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As the school was relatively poorly equipped to begin with, it purchased
and installed an entirely new group of PCs. This included four
166 MHz Pentium MMX workstations with 17" monitors/32M RAM
and a 180 MHz Pentium Pro server with 15" monitor and 64M RAM.
A 10bT Ethernet LAN was set up using Windows NT for the
workstation group. An ISDN line to the mainland was
set up with some difficulty, providing up to a 128 kbaud link. Considerable work
was required to regularize the networking (routing, e-mail, Web
One of the serious challenges to the project was the installation and
maintenance of a stable PC environment at the school. The CECM is
primarily a UNiX-based research group. While some significant PC expertise
was available during the project, it rapidly became clear that the PC
network software presented unique challenges.
After myriad reinstallations, workarounds and trials, a highly simplified
implementation of Windows NT was settled on, foregoing many of the
features anticipated for use in the project.