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By gavin ·
We are considering quoting on network relocation for a new client. They have 40 workstations and 5 servers, being moved from a very un-organized location (cables hanging from the ceiling, etc.) to a new location they want designed and organized properly.

What are some important but maybe easily overlooked points we should consider? E.g. insuring the move, coordinating with construction, electricians, etc. or anything else important to a relocation. Are there any "checklists' or best practices available?

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A few random ideas...

by eBob In reply to Network Relocation

1 - CAT5, and get it certified (in writing)
2 - every cable terminates in a patch panel in the eqpt room
3 - every jack is labeled, and the labels MUST be something "neutral" (that is, just a number or something like "B01", and NOT something like "A/P Janice") with a matching label at the patch panel
4 - dual jacks at most workstations (you don't have to connect them all from the patch panel - they're just there if you need them)
5 - 4 jacks in a meeting room
6 - jacks at workstations ABOVE desk level, not behind the inevtiable desk skirts

Also make sure you consider workgroup printers and their locations (and other similar gear). Will they want to try out one of those all-in-one fax/copier/priner/scanner/coffeemakers? Where is it going?

Hope that helps.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to A few random ideas...

1. Assume a workstation at each power drop in every room and recommend at least one Cat 5 duplex box per power drop. (And as eBob said, not all of these need be connected.) The client may think it's excessive, but you can point out two advantages to this:
-- more flexibility in office arrangement
-- provides for later expansion.
Note the savings in time & money between installation now and installation later; pulling a 30-meter duplex drop in 1994 cost almost $18 (mostly parts) during construction and over $150 (mostly labor) after the building was completed.

2. If possible, separate the power distribution for PCs from that for other office appliances, even if it's just a different branch at the breaker box. This can save PC power supplies from "percolator pop", "the micro-wave", and related maladies...

Yes, these will add some cost up front, but there are also significant future savings.

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Server room design

by Shanghai Sam In reply to Network Relocation

Give your server room lots of consideration - lots of power on independent circuits and good ventilation. Try and have a positive pressure inside the room. With 5 servers plus switches, hubs, etc. you will likely have to consider serious air conditioning.

Don't forget to give yourself room to work. Use equipment racks and place them so you can maneuver on all sides, especially behind.

Give consideration for storage for extra patch cables and spare equipment.

Stay away from carpet. I'd go with bare concrete on the floor. Or you could go with a raised floor - expensive, tho'.

Think about physical security. Combination locks and that kind of stuff.

Cable runs with ties, rings or anything else that can help keep things neat.

Install good lighting that gets to all corners, and check out what's available for fire suppresion - at least a properly rated fire extinguisher. I wouldn't want sprinklers.

Prepare to spend big $$.


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One thing I love....Velcro.

by admin In reply to Server room design

Much better than most cable ties or the dreaded "zip strips"

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all great ideas.. add....

by ARG CIO In reply to Network Relocation

coordinate with construction and electricians! YES! YES! YES! After the walls have been put up, BEFORE plaster/drywall is installed, get holes into the 2x4's and get wire run (neatly!) inside the wall to wall jacks. You can do this afterwards, but like stated before, you go from $18 for parts to $150 labor, and repair of the wall, after the fact. I would suggest connecting ALL jacks, and having two or three jacks to every current network device. This gives HUGE expansion possibilities. Is there a sub-floor? THAT would be the way to go! If you run your cable through the subfloor, if you have any problems, you can replace the cable very easily. but, again you are talking huge cost. Your cheapest most effective way is to run throught thewalls and put wall panels at waist level with extra jacks available (who knows if a client will want to connect to your network while speaking to a representative.)


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