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Posted on 2012-04-09
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Hi,

We will move to new offices next week, and we formed a team that will be responsible for moving servers and end users devices to the new offices

I need a template or check list that show me steps on how to do that in proffisional way

Any help please?
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1.  If you are having any software or hardware issues, address them now, before the move unless you don't have the resources to do so.  In that case, try to list those issues.
2.  If you are changing ISP's, check for what changes may be needed to static ip's used for external remote access or in any routers you are using.  If you are not, beat them silly to make sure your ip's won't change.
3.  Keep every system together!  Use masking tape, sharpies, and bags (even plastic grocery bags work fine).  Drop all of the cords, mice, etc into the bag and label the system, monitor, printer(?), and keyboard so every system gets put back together exactly as it was before the move.  Make note of which USB ports are being used for each device and reassemble using the same ports (Windoze creates a new device if you use a different port and a really fun catch 22 is that it won't recognize new hardware until after you login so, if the keyboard is moved, it can be very frustrating!)
4.  Inspect the new location for network jacks and power outlets allong with creating a general layout plan for the furniture.  If you will need longer cords, buy them!  If you will need another switch, ditto!  If you'll need them, you can also get the cord minder strips which lay on the floor.
5.  Try hard not to let the moving guys move the PC's.  They tend to treat them as furniture.
6.  In the new office, set things up, fire up the servers first after the router(s) and switches, then test internet connectivity (check Windows Update or your Antivirus update) before turning on the workstations.

With any luck at all, everything will be hunky dory and the move will go smoothly.  The key to success is in not changing anything except the physical address of the business so that, if you have problems, you'll know it is in the network cabling, the ISP's connectivity, or a bad power outlet.
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