Dedicated to the trials and tribulations of IT System Engineers all over the world and their constant pursuit of world peace, or maybe just good backups.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

NetApp Bundles Products with Consultants

If your NAS skill set needs some work, or if you are just swamped with tons of other projects (#2 is probably the most common answer), than check out this press release from NetApp. They have just released a hardware and consultant package to assist in implementation. I have had the privilege of working with some of their SE's (Bob "Pull My Butt out of the Fire" Burwell), who are some really sharp folks and know their products well. Check them out...

Moving - AAAHHHHHH!!!!!

As many of you already know I moved from Hawaii (that right there just sounds bad) to Maryland (that explains why I haven't been posting, ha). Although it is not bad here, especially since it started warming up, it is definetely different from the place I just came from. Needless to say I'm back on the blog and promise to keep up with it this time.

You may have noticed that I changed the look and feel of the blog. I think the other blue looked pretty boring, so I decided to add a bit of color. Hope ya like it, I will not cry if you don't, well maybe just a little.

Well Commandment II should be out really soon, all I have left to do is to write it, just kidding. Enjoy and come back soon.

~The Kid in the SE Corner

Monday, April 18, 2005

AD Migration Commandment I - Know Thy Infrastructure

So you want to migrate off of your old NT 4.0 domain or domains on to an Active Directory based Windows 2003 domain or maybe you just want to upgrade from 2000 to 2003. Well you might be asking yourself “where do I start?” Well my friends start with what you have; you do know what you have, right? Well don’t feel too bad if you don’t, because a good percentage of SE’s and SA’s do not have a well documented infrastructure.

If you are part of that very small, minute percentage of folks without documentation (yeah right), your best bet is to start YESTERDAY, ok well maybe this afternoon. The more documentation you have, the simpler it is to plan for your migration.

Ideally, you would like to have:

  • A diagram of your current domain topology.
  • A current network diagram
  • List of all servers with their:
    • roles
    • hardware configuration
    • IP configuration
    • disk capacity and amount of free space
    • type of OS and any hot fixes or patches that are loaded
    • applications that are loaded
    • location (very important)
  • List of special server based applications and their users
  • Current list of users, their location and the location of their individual data and if necessary their roaming profiles. (If you know if they are day or evening workers, that info can come in handy also!)
  • List of all client workstations with their:
    • location (even more important for workstations)
    • hardware configuration
    • disk capacity and amount of free space
    • type of OS and any hot fixes or patches that are loaded
    • applications that are loaded
  • Topology of other systems (i.e. UNIX, NetWare, LINUX, etc.) that are maintained in a hybrid network, that your system directly affects. (You may want to include the SE’s for these systems in your planning phase, your migration won’t be a success if you break everything else in the organization)

Once you have a clear picture of what your infrastructure looks like and contains, you can better plan for your migration. With all this data in front of you, it is easier to answer questions like “Should we perform an in-place upgrade or do we migrate to a new domain?”, “Do we need to upgrade our hardware before migration?”, “Do we need to make plans for dinner, or dinner and breakfast during the migration?”. Although no migrations are perfect, you want to arm yourself as best as possible to prepare for about 90% of the problems that may occur.

Next Time: AD Migration Commandment II – He (or she) Who Do Not Plan-eth get Pink Slip-eth.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Welcome, Aloha!

I would like to welcome all of you to my new blog, where I will chat about my IT battle scars and heroic successes from Active Directory to Exchange, back-ups to back-outs.

I decided to start this blog mainly because I want to increase the information pool that IT Systems Engineers like us, who are usually on the cutting edge of technology, can turn to for information. If it can be done, one of us some where has done it. Another reason I decided to blog my IT adventures is because my good friend Jim McBee ( a.k.a. IT God Genius has one; and you know what they say, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery (except when they are doing the electric slide, that just makes both of you look goofy).

Well, you all have an open invitation to stop by whenever you like, so come by often to see what's up on the corner!

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