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6 Secrets to Prepping Your Server for Your Next Move

06/10/2014 2:54 AM | Deleted user

You can always move your server yourself, or have your local CRN member do it. In either case, it’s something that requires great caution. Here are some tips on what you should do to physically move your server: 1. Backup Your Data Before Your Move You should have automatically scheduled backups running already. Check to make sure they are running successfully. And if you haven’t done it yet, test out a data backup and restore. 2. Have a Disaster Plan in Place In most cases, nothing overly eventful will happen when you move your server. But, there is always the element of the unknown. Your physical drives could decide to stop working for unanticipated reasons. A car accident could happen that damages your backups. Your disaster recovery plan should cover what happens in the event of the most catastrophically damaging event your business could experience. 3. Label Everything Good preparation irons out a ton of wrinkles later on. Take pictures of everything. Make sure you know which drives came from where. Know which cable gets plugged in which connector. It’ll make your life so much easier once you are actually moved over to your new location. 4. Audit Your Software Requirements During a move is a good time to see what server software you currently need, and also compare it to your new needs at your new location. If you don’t need the service or software, get rid of it. You might also need some upgrades or new software. Whatever you need to do, you can do it now and be prepared for business at your new location. 5. Make Bubble Wrap Your Best Friend Wrap all of your servers in bubble wrap and place them inside of a box. You really can’t be too generous with the bubble wrap. 6. Hire a Professional Moving IT Company to do the Work for YouMany businesses attempt to move their servers on their own. But you don’t have to do this. There are many professional moving companies out there that specialize in IT moves. Don’t feel pressured to take on all the work yourself. Professional movers have insurance too, just in case the worst happens. Those tips will help you prepare your server for moving to your new location. And remember, your CRN team can always help you do the move if you don’t want to do it yourself.

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