We are in the process of changing all the IPs of all the servers in our department. I've never done it before so I just need some info on what to expect. We are "hoping" for smooth process. Below are the systems that we got that needs to change IPs:

2 - HP Onboard Managament
1 - SAN switch management
6 - iLOs
4 - Windows Server
Clustered virtual server

I'm just wondering if a sequence is needed to change the IPs on all these. Like which one needs to be change first and then next.(I hope I made sense)

Thanks guys in advance.

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    Make sure you adjust you DNS records in the process, it's not less important than typing correct subnet mask.
    – Vick Vega
    Feb 25, 2011 at 21:25

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You'll just have to think of it as a dependency graph, built up from a list of single dependence statements (edges). Here is a start (that may make a couple of assumptions from your list):

  • The Servers should come up after the SAN since they (probably) depend on the SAN for their storage.
  • If you don't have true console access, you probably want to do all the management and lights-out interfaces first since they won't affect the current production operation of the servers.
  • Cluster after all real hosts are changed and healthchecked since this depends on a happy, healthy batch of real hosts.

Of course also do some kind of dummy testing for routing purposes if this re-assignment is out of the old IP address' subnet.

  • Your assumption is correct. Here's what I got from you sugggestion: Management and iLos > SANs > Servers > Cluster. Is that correct? Thanks!
    – eggman20
    Feb 25, 2011 at 21:18
  • The order you have listed is how I would do it (given the level of detail that we are discussing at). Sorry for the late reply.
    – Justin
    Mar 4, 2011 at 0:44

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