Office Cable Runs & Server Upgrades in Kingman, Arizona

Network Upgrade and Server Migration

Project Overview:

Our recent IT project aimed to enhance the performance and reliability of our network infrastructure by upgrading from CAT5 to CAT6 cabling, improving cable management, and migrating a server from HDD to SSD through clone migration. This recap highlights the key milestones and achievements of this project.


Project Goals:

  1. Upgrade network infrastructure to CAT6 to support higher data transfer rates and reduce latency.
  2. Improve cable management for a neater, more organized, and easier-to-maintain data center.
  3. Enhance server performance and reliability by migrating from HDD to SSD.


Project Milestones:

  1. Assessment and Planning:

    • Conducted a thorough network assessment to determine the scope of the CAT5 to CAT6 upgrade.
    • Evaluated the current cable management practices and identified areas for improvement.
    • Assessed the server to be migrated to determine compatibility and data migration requirements.
  2. Design and Procurement:

    • Designed a comprehensive network upgrade plan, including new CAT6 cabling layouts.
    • Procured the necessary CAT6 cabling, connectors, and cable management equipment.
    • Purchased SSDs for the server upgrade.
  3. Cable Installation and Management:

    • Scheduled cable installation during non-business hours to minimize disruption.
    • Replaced CAT5 cabling with CAT6 throughout the office, data center, and server rooms.
    • Implemented improved cable management solutions, including cable trays and labels.
  4. Server Upgrade and Migration:

    • Backed up all data from the HDD on the server to ensure data integrity.
    • Conducted a successful clone migration from HDD to SSD to improve server performance.
    • Tested the migrated server thoroughly to ensure functionality.
  5. Testing and Quality Assurance:

    • Conducted extensive testing to validate the performance and reliability of the upgraded network.
    • Verified the efficiency of the cable management solutions by reducing clutter and improving airflow in the data center.
    • Monitored the server’s performance post-migration to confirm the SSD upgrade’s impact.
  6. Documentation and Training:

    • Documented the changes made to the network infrastructure and server configuration.
    • Provided training to the IT team and relevant personnel on the new network setup and server maintenance.


Project Outcome:

The project has been successfully completed, and the following outcomes were achieved:

  • The network now operates at higher data transfer rates with reduced latency due to the CAT6 upgrade.
  • Cable management improvements have resulted in a neater and more organized data center.
  • The server’s performance and reliability have significantly improved with the migration from HDD to SSD.


Lessons Learned:

  • Planning and thorough assessment are crucial for the success of such projects.
  • Communication with stakeholders and end-users is essential to minimize disruptions during upgrades.
  • Regular maintenance and monitoring will ensure the long-term success of the project.


Next Steps:

  • Implement a routine maintenance plan to ensure the continued performance and reliability of the upgraded network and server.
  • Consider further enhancements, such as implementing redundancy and disaster recovery solutions for the server.



We would like to express our gratitude to the entire project team for their hard work and dedication, as well as to all stakeholders and end-users for their support and cooperation throughout the project.

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