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By ballen01 ·
I manage an NT network of about 35 users, 10 servers, routers, firewalls etc. We are moving physical location and I am looking for some useful guideline documentation on how to move an entire network with minimal disruption.

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by nschulz In reply to Move an entire Network

There is no such thing a minimal disruption when you are moving locations. The biggest challenge is getting your external connections setup because that is something you can't control. Make sure your backups are current and you can restore. Then pick a day and move all the systems. Servers first then desktops. Communicate with your users the task on hand as having them on side will make the transision a lot easier.

Hope this helps

Norm

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by ballen01 In reply to Move an entire Network

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by timwalsh In reply to Move an entire Network

Planning Considerations:
1. Lead-time required to order/install data/phone circuits at new location?
2. Lead-time required to order, refurbish/install cable infrastructure (data/voice) at new location?
2. Distance of move (local or long-distance)
3. Who is responsible for the actual, physical move? Is there enough manpower internally to support the move, or will commercial movers conduct the move?
4. Regardless of distance, are there any critical applications that must remain operational throughout the move? If so, is it possible to combine servers so that critical apps continue to run while some servers are moved? If all 10 servers are required to remain operational during the move, can you rent/lease similar or duplicate equipment at either the new or old location to provide a seamless move?
5. If it is a local move, is it feasible to disassemble everything, move to new location, reassemble and test everything overnight or over a weekend; or will the move take place during business hours?
6. If it is a long-distance move, what is likely transit time of equipment?
7. If it is a long-distance move, will all employees move at once or must you provide support at both locations for a set duration?
8. Who is responsible for moving, re-installing, and testing the phone system if this is being done (vs. buy new system for new location)?

Planning milestones:
1. Critical communications infrastructure (data/voice) is in place and operational
2. Critical office infrastructure (data / voice / power) is in place and tested
3. Equipment prepared for movement
4. Equipment received at new location, installed and tested
5. Critical applications moved to new location
6. New office operational.

This list is obviously not all inclusive, but I hope it gives you a starting point.

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by ballen01 In reply to Move an entire Network

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by klbingeman In reply to Move an entire Network

There is a lot of detail involved with moving a whole network, although really its pretty simple.

If you have a budget with enough cash, this approach will help make it more seemless than not:

1. Setup your new location with the necessary infrastructure: new computer room, cat-5 infrastructure, power, etc.....

2. Order your WAN/communication lines for new location at least 60-90 days prior to the actual move: most vendors require 90 days for 6 procurement to install/testing.

3. Create a WAN link back to your current location to your new location.

4. Once above cross-link is setup, move to new location server/service by server/service.

You'll need to prioritize, plan and change how things work to ensure they work in a dual-site during a move process, but it works in the real world.

At my company, we do this with thousands of users, although the logistics are so vastly past what I've written here. Mostly experience doing this is best, although I recommend setup a parallel network, then convert over. Yes..its more expensive, little bit harder, more work, but smoother and less headache in long run.

If you can't afford it, then stop business on a non-busy friday at 12 noon. tell everyone to go home, shut everything down, move it, and bring it back online, then test.

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