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Server Decomissioning Process

Hi Guys,

I am working at a company which has asked us to audit / decomission as many servers in the environment as possible. Does anyone have a detailed decomission process I might be able to read to get some ideas on how we will write out our process?

Currently we have server information forms for each server but quite possibly most of these are out of date. We need to update these along with a server template.

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Matt VCommented:
Decommissioning general only includes a few steps:  
1.  Make sure any data is backed up for safety.
2.  Make sure to record serial numbers/model numbers of servers being decommissioned.
3.  Zero format any drives to ensure data security.

There are applications that will produce a log after zero formatting to show an audit trail of the format.

A slightly more thorough guide can be read here : http://www.purdue.edu/ssta/committees/csac/minutes/2007/files/Decommissioning%20Checklist091207.pdf  -Thats a draft of the decommissioning process of a server at Purdue.

Remember that there are greater complications depending on the nature of the servers concerned - application decommissioning, database decommissioning, etc... which means that the complexity of the requirement depends on your client and their auditng and process requirements.

Samples :

Database Decommissioning : http://www.pubbs.net/200906/oracle/40455-database-decommission-checklist.html

Decommissioning a certification authority : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786938%28WS.10%29.aspx

Exchange Server Decommissioning : http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Q_23267009.html

Ask away if you have specific requirements.

nickm34Author Commented:
Great, thanks. Any further decomissioning checklists etc would be greatly appreciated...

First steps are really to audit servers, find such things as active shares, logged on users, actively used data etc. Purpose of server etc and then look to decomission (if possible). basically going to try to decomission as many out of the 380 servers as possible


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