This Saterday, we switched the subnet over, and moved all the remain criticle systems over to a new serverroom across the country.

I didnt get to make as many pics as I liked, and no video, this was mainly cause I was so bussy of course. 😀

Half the pics below are curtesy of Arnold.

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Back of the Digital Alpha box, refernece sho for recabling.

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Packing up the servers in special locked crates. You could see these movers where the right stuff, big burly guys, but they handled the servers like feathers.

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Justin felt at home at the new location.

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x3800 waiting to be converted.

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We layed out the servers in the hall in the order we where building them into the racks.

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Our project operation center, round the corner of the serverroom. From here the managers of the project coordinated the downtime, and the business on-site testing.

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Tom, our WAN guy, on the phone with Mohamed, our Unix guy, who was supporting us remotely.

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Very good food and snacks where provided by Arnold and Jan. Thank you guys! You know the best way to an engineers heart is through his stomach!

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Justin loves Legos, so this pictures seems to make sense.

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Justin working on the rack conversion kit for the IBM systemx 3800

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Tom and me discussing the Proxy server and internet line out. Old proxy, new Internet line, and some firewall rules where needed.

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Arnold:“2 pizza please!” ;  Mustafa is thinking: “I dont like Pizza”…

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Paul being technical. We hold our collective breath.

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Sliding in a server into its new home.

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Bottom of racks SR3 and SR4

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Top Left rack, SR4

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A suprise box. This witebox FTP server turned out to be running 4 essential ustomer FTP/EDI flows. We had space for it thankfully, resting on the IBM x3800. Hopefully it will be gone in 2  weeks, but nothing is temporary.  Made this picture of it for the Visio rack diagram.

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One of the 2 redundant FTP servers failed on transport. Justin and Paul spend 2 hours putting a new one together out of spare parts of old ones. HP Netservers here, P2 machines, a decade old.

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Behind locked door and locked racks, all servers humm quitely, content in their new home.

A day later, back in the first location:

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Empty racks moved out of the server rooms

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Mail Cluster going to get sent back to UK

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Gertjan visibilly enjoying dismanteling the place. 6 years of mental burden of supporting tihs stuff being dealt with here 😉


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The NAS, all the data for the Netherlands, with all volumes deleted and now unplugged, ready for storage.

Videos of “demolition”:


Mustafa and Gertjan have taken apart the entire second server room in 1 day. (click here for link if you cant see the embed above)


Oooh.. Nobs! Lovely nobs!!  (click here for link if you cant see the embed above)

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