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By gnadeau ·
Our company is moving to a new building and I need to put a plan together for moving the Computer Systems/Network. Looking for a template to use as a starting point. We run a Windows NT network with 20 remote sites (frame relay) and about 200 PCs. We have 5 servers including a PDC,BDC, Mail Server, Web Server and Proxy Server.

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by Joe Hardstaff In reply to Project Management Plan f ...

200 PC's are a bit much to shift in one weekend, therefore your choices are somewhat limited.

I would recommend that you enable a temporary link between your existing office, and your new office. With that in place, you can start to shift your servers, and then relocate your data links to the remote sites.

This will ensure that your communications are not interrupted. Once the servers and data links have been moved, then you can start shifting the client workstations over.

I would under no circumstances consider shifting either the data links, or the servers during an evening. This will not provide you with sufficient time to resolve any issues you encounter, or to rollback should you need to.

Good luck

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by gnadeau In reply to Project Management Plan f ...

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by Al Macintyre In reply to Project Management Plan f ...

You might consider temporarily leasing some duplicate equipment so that you can have your network operational in various sites while some units are in transition.

When we moved our AS/400, we checked with IBM & our business insurance company, to make sure that our standard coverage also covered the move, and if not, what extra we needed. Well we needed a moving van company that was approved by IBM, and we needed the hardware packed up & unpacked by certified technicians, and we also had a problem of a union picket line that most reputable outfits refused to cross.

Hopefully the new building is wired properly for your latest technology - we are forever having to drill holes in concrete walls & look up manuals "How far should signal cable be separated from power line?"

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by plantogo2000 In reply to Project Management Plan f ...

Moving is an opportunity to make changes at the expense of the move.
Make a list of changes you would like to make. Probably physical placement and equipment access including plans for growth should be considered. Wiring for the future is probably the biggest bonus.
Most importantly, ask your users what changes they would like to see. Start by contacting managers by setting up a group meeting and ask for their cooperation. Subsequently they will involve their staffs. Those that don’t want to be bothered take particular note of and pass ideas from managers that openly get involved to managers too busy.
Think prevention and make a list of those changes that can be made under the auspices of a move that would improve performance. Broadcast the changes and be prepared for comments that can be incorporated before your final move. Everyone else will probably be thinking about his or her own move and getting them to think about IS&T related operations will make your move easier.

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by McKayTech In reply to Project Management Plan f ...

I think you've already received some excellent answers. I disagree with #1 only in that I think that a weekend migration of 5 servers and 200 workstations is entirely feasible if the network infrastructure is set up beforehand. However, more likely, you'll move department by department so the idea of a temporary link between the two buildings is sound.

Initially, you could move a BDC server to the new building and send mail, Web and Internet traffic across the temporary link. Then just begin migrating the servers, by function, and probably do some workstations at the same time.

In my experience, the biggest challenge is coordinating the movement of the WAN links.

paul

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by Arjen Simonis In reply to Project Management Plan f ...

To build on answer #4: The Wan links are especially tricky. Two areas of concern:
1. Protocols, are your sure that FR (and IP) are all that you are using? No applications that use other protocols?
2. Is any of your server equipped with dail up connections that facilitate maintenance? The only way to find out is to contact your supplier.

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