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By nixkix00 ·
Hi, I am a project manager.. in charge of moving an office of 30 people. Our computer network consists of three file servers, and Exchange server, a web server, and a workstation for each employee. There are 14 printers (one very large), two medium-sized copiers, and 4 fax machines to be moved. Any suggestions on making this very smooth? I am on a budget & cannot hire a moving consultant.

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by erikdr In reply to Moving a computer network ...

A few steps to consider, from my own experience as ICT team leader and implementation consultant:
1) Start with laying the new cabling, and test this at all essential locations. E.g. the connections for all servers.
2) Same for any outside connection - e.g. phones for fax, ISP connection for Internet.
3) Then begin move - first the 'servers' (including printers) and then workstations on 1-by-1 basis. Have checklist to tick off for each core function of the workstation that should be tested and work: e.g. e-mail connectivity, and printer. Part of testing of workstation can be done by ICT/movers, 2nd part and sign-off always needs to be done under user logon and by end user themselves.

Hope this helps a bit,

<Erik> - The Netherlands

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by wmr02 In reply to Moving a computer network ...

Test the network cabling, better yet have the installer certify it meets CAT 5 or other standards as appropriate this is more than just checking continuity and while you can do it yourself the testers todo it are costly.

Work with your ISP. Make sure they know when ad where you are moving to and will be ready to make any adjustments/changes in their network to handle the exchange server at it's new location. If you are changing your ISP contact both of them to see what they can do to help

Before moving the servers back them up and then test the backups (do a test restore of 1 file per server). For windows servers create updated ERD's Have documentation of how the servers are configured (incase you need to do a rebuild) Have all the software you need to do rebuilds on hand as well.

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