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By pjsinclair ·
We are moving our head office from its present location to a new one, the problem is the head office houses all our servers and is connected to 3 other sites around the country.
What I would like to know is the best way to relocate all our servers into the new premises with as little disruption to our 3 other sites that are connected via ISDN and Kilo-Stream link to the head office.
The Servers that we have in the head office are as follows
1 primary domain server
1 Backup domain server
2 Exchange servers
Many Thanks

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by ckilday In reply to Moving Networks

The best advice I have is to avoid making any unnecessary network addressing changes. If you are simply moving to a new office, the server addressing does not need to change, therefore, the server associations for your other offices do not need to change. I recommend you do the following:
1. Order the necessary data communications links to the new site (ISDN lines, Kilo-stream links, and anything else), and insure they will be in place prior to your move.
1a. Don't forget to plan for your LAN to support the server installation at the new site!
2. If at all possible, test the new lines, possibly by using spare equipment or a short term rental. You don't want to have to depend upon the local telco utility to get your lines up and running during your cutover.
3. Get the new SPID's and any network address changes and identify where this information has to be installed. This means both at the local and remote sites.
4. Plan to cutover during a period of slow/no network activity. Some of this may be dictated by building availability, overall company move strategy, etc...
5. Prepare a step-by-step cutover plan identifying who is responsible for what; what network equipment must be re-configured; what information must be changed; the information you need and the commands necessary to change the configuration.
6. Review your plan with someone else in your organization to insure you haven't overlooked some detail, or missed a dependency.
If you do not have responsibility for the network, work with the people who do. Getting your network in place will be the key to a successful move. Best wishes,
- ck

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