Data Center Relocation Checklist

Use the Data Center Relocation Checklist to plan and execute relocation tasks, ensuring a comprehensive and efficient transition with minimal disruptions.

Data Center Relocation Checklist



Pre-Move

1. Has a pre-move inventory been conducted, including applications on servers, application owners, target space in the data center, etc.?


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2. Has the new shared infrastructure been completely tested prior to the move?


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3. When were the servers last rebooted? Have trial reboots been performed for all servers prior to the move?


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4. How current are the system start-up files? Have all files been validated prior to the move to ensure they incorporate recent changes?


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5. Are all firmware and patches up to date for all operating systems, enhancing recovery if necessary after the move?


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6. Have full backups or validated incremental backups been performed to facilitate any needed restoration?


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7. Has the power in the new facility been completely tested and validated for all equipment needs?


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8. Are new Ethernet and Fiber cables on hand, considering the potential brittleness of used cables and the risk of breakage during removal?


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9. Have virtualization technologies been adopted, especially for decommissioning end-of-life equipment?


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10. Have application profiles been created, evaluating criticality and tolerance for downtime to determine the order of moving racks/servers?


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11. Are all HP and OEM maintenance agreements up to date?


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12. Have tickets been opened with critical OEMs as a precaution before the move, and has spare parts availability been confirmed?


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13. Are application users/owners on-site or on-call for acceptance testing, and is there an acceptance/validation test schedule in place?


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14. Are servers moved in predetermined "move" groups, considering interdependent applications?


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15. Are visio diagrams detailing rack placement and server placement in the racks, along with cabinet elevations, available?


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16. Is cable routing, placement, and labeling clearly documented?


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17. Has a pre-move walk-through been scheduled at least one week before the move date to ensure overall readiness?


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18. Have compliance standards (such as SOX and HIPAA) been reviewed to avoid violations during the migration?


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19. Is there a solid communications plan in place, with project leads responsible for each move group checking in regularly to the war room?


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20. Are personnel in the data center minimized at the time of the move for security considerations?


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21. For new installs or server re-rack requirements, is there a PDU configuration document or explanation to ensure optimum configuration?


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22. Are server rack rails of the snap-in type (may not apply to older racks and servers)?


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23. Have rails that will be re-used been labeled "Left and Right" during the de-install process?


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24. Is there a pre-move walk-through scheduled at least one week before the move date to ensure overall readiness?


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Post-Move

1. Have test scripts been run to validate the integrity and functionality of applications when loaded with actual data post-move?


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2. Has the availability of data to other interdependent applications been tested post-move?


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3. Have disaster recovery plans been updated immediately once the target data center is up and running, or is a test planned in the coming weeks?


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4. Has the proper decommissioning of electrical equipment, batteries, etc., been ensured per federal and state laws post-move?


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