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By PATACROSS ·
I have a contract in which I am to move an office with 10 computers using windows2000 Server /DSL and install voice and data lines. This will be my first experience with a move and I need a check list to ensure that I have everything covered. Pleasehelp. Thanks

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by Stillatit In reply to Office Move

Warning - this list is almost certainly not complete. Every hour you spend planning will probably save you two during the move.

The first issue is that you may wait 4-6 weeks after you order the DSL for the new location.

If the existing setup uses DSL through a router, and the router is providing NAT, moving the router and everything on your side of the router (including hubs) will work from the computer standpoint. If you were using static IP addresses, you will need to change the IP on every box to the addresses provided by the new DSL provider.

On the phone side, you need to determine the type of lines being used at the old site. (If the lines go into a PBX, they are probably trunk lines. Other special stuff may apply. Ask the phone company.) If all the phones and phone system are moving, you need to make sure the lines are installed in the new location to match the old location. (If you are not too far away you may be able to keep the old numbers.)

When wiring the new office, if your client can afford it, run two phone and two cat-5 or cat-6 to each desk. This lets you plug in a network printer anywhere and add a fax machine or modem anywhere. Again, if your client can afford it, terminate all the wires at a patchpanel. It makes moving stuff later much easier.

Is there enough power everywhere in the new location? Older buildings have many, many plugs on the same circuit, and when you plug in the fifth computer (or a desk lamp), you **** a breaker.

USE A TESTER TO TEST ALL OUTLETS BEFORE YOU PLUG IN ANYTHING. This saves blowing up computers if a plug is miswired or shorted.

If you are using a digital phone system, CLEARLY MARK any analog line ports you install, and warn everyone that plugging ina modem or laptop to any unmarked port will probably cause it to **** up.

Good luck.

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by PATACROSS In reply to Office Move

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by diabetic In reply to Office Move

Stillatit had some good thoughts. Adding to his response (in no particular order):


Is this a new server or an existing server that is being moved?

If it is new, who is setting it up and when will it be ready (with relation to the move).If it is an exsiting server, will the IP address or any other confguration change? If so, who is going to do this and when?

Is is going to be mounted in a rack?

Who is going to move the workstations?

Will any network reconfiguration need totake place at the workstation level? Who will do this?

Will user data be backup up prior to the move in the event a hard drive is lost/damaged during the move?

Following the workstation move, what needs to be tested on each workstation?

When the printer(s) are moved, are the local or network? If network, will they need to be reconfigured?

How does the user want cable management handled at the desktop? Velco? Cable Ties? Colored yarn?

No metion of the hub? Do they already have one? is it moving? does it have enough capacity? is it rack or counter mounted? is there a place for it?

How is the equipment that is being moved going to be identified? Is there a plan in place to make sure that Brad does not end up with Sally's monitor?

Have YOU walked the floor of the old and new locations? Do so, make sketches!! Take copious notes.

Ask questions about everything!

Good luck. First one only hurts a little.


Humbly submitted,
Diabetic.

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by PATACROSS In reply to Office Move

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by mgs_wolfpack In reply to Office Move

One thing I did not see mentioned - if the new location is new construction all coordination needs to include the various contractors/vendors. Timing of physical structure - walls, painting/workstation installation, etc. and cabling, phone/dsl cut overs etc. can be a bit nerve-wracking as the project nears completion.

Having the names and all contact numbers helps with the coordination.

Good Luck

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