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My latest IT infrastructure refresh

Sunday, May 15, 2022 - by Keith A. Smith

Two years ago, I took on a new opportunity where the infrastructure environment was stuck in what felt like 2005 and older. It took me just about a year to complete this infrastructure refresh. As i write and i'm glad to share that it's done and i wanted to share some of the before and after shots. Things like network segmentation, modern operating systems and applications, scanning from copiers, ubiquitous Wi-Fi and more did not exist at any of the sites.

I'll start from the server room and work my outwards. This comparison shows the lack of for the server room. Notice in the old pic the piece of cardboard on the vent, my guess is that it was supposed to redirect the air. The old A/C was replaced by Redundant A/C units.





The racks were old and it was really difficult to rack new equipment. I scheduled a maintenance window on a weekend to remove all the equipment and racks.





Here is comparison of everything racked before and after. Also, I had the electricians install LED lighting in the room. I moved a lot of services to the cloud but still had a requirement for a private cloud for certain services.





Here is a shot of all the racks and new equipment. I introduced virtualization, 1, 10 & 25 gig network connections, temperature and environment monitoring, enterprise wide Wi-Fi which was a first for this org.





I also decommissioned all of the legacy 100meg networking and cleaned up the cable spaghetti with color coded cabling. I also upgraded the phone system software later on since it was due as well.





IDF1 - New 12 strand optical cables were run to this area and I upgraded the network switches and cleaned up the cable spaghetti with color coded cabling. Lastly, i added a cellular extender to help with signal strength.





IDF2 - New 12 strand optical cables were also run to this area and I upgraded the network switches and cleaned up the cable spaghetti with color coded cabling.




Remote site1 - all of the equipment had been exposed in a vehicle mechanic shop for years. I'm not sure how the old equipment stayed running in those conditions but everything was full of dust and grease. I ordered a new 12U APC cabinet then upgraded the network switches and cleaned up the cable spaghetti with color coded cabling.



Remote site2 - This site was the easiest to upgrade. I installed new network switches and add some remote site servers here and replaced the cable spaghetti with color coded cabling.




I created a standardize zero touch windows 10 image with automated application deployment by department and deployed dozens of laptops, VPN, etc. with docking stations for staff to work from anywhere during the pandemic.




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