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CJENSEN_1
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Moving Unix Server

We will be moving our RP5470 unix server into our new server room. Basically it is one rack, with a VA7100, and a couple of Compaq ML350 servers in it. I imagine just shutdown the system, then power down everything, and move it over at "smoothly" as possible. Is there anything else a person should be doing? I take it moving it when the server is running is out of the question.
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melvyn burnard
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Re: Moving Unix Server

you should not move a server while it is busy running, and I do not quite see how you could if it is moving rooms.
I would check with your local HP Harwdare Support Centre if you have any concerns.
Good backups are always a good practice.
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CJENSEN_1
Regular Advisor

Re: Moving Unix Server

Melvyn,

We will do a full system backup prior to the move. The comment about moving the server while it was running was just to query if this was an option at all. Ie - the server would run off the UPS during the move. Probably a stupid comment, but just wanted some feed back onthis point.

Thanks
Pete Randall
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Re: Moving Unix Server

Well, you could try doing it while it was running, but are your power cords/network connections, etc. long enough? And do you feel confident that you can move is smoothly enough that you don't end up inducing a head crash?

I think I'd rather shut everything down and go for the nice slow roll to it's new home. Don't forget to unplug the power and network connection!


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A. Clay Stephenson
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Re: Moving Unix Server

You might get Scotty to beam it over while powered up. It works for humans while powered up so ...

Whenever I do this, I mark and remove each pluggable disk and label the slot it came from. How much you can leave in the rack depends upon how "top-heavy" the rack is. You really should unrack anything above about 1 - 1.3m and then you should be able to safely roll the remainder of the equipment.

Since I know you are going to ignore this device, make sure you have about 4 people and go very slowly.
If it ain't broke, I can fix that.
CJENSEN_1
Regular Advisor

Re: Moving Unix Server

Thanks. We'll be shutting down everything.