Infrastructure – heavy lifting and planning

A trio of projects before the year-end – all interwined.

  • Migration of mail from Google Apps to Hosted Exchange.
  • Migration of DNS from current service provider to ‘someone new’
  • Migration of blog/photos to ‘somewhere in the cloud’

Moving the mail isn’t that hard – it’s just making sure that mail doesn’t get dropped while the new MX and CNAMEs are propagating. The old mail will live on in Google Apps – the new stuff in hosted Exchange. The trickier part is making sure that ‘my customers’ get the right service – and can keep getting mail in Outlook or the web. Users eh.

Moving the DNS is part of the mid-term strategy to change ISP. Covad have been great to me since I moved to the US; sadly they are starting to show signs of decay. I need to support additional DNS records than the A, CNAME and MX records – no plans from Covad.

The final push is to move the blog servers out of the ‘home data centre’ and to a reliable, faster provider.

The ultimate aim is to divorce myself from Covad and the Static IP business DSL that has worked so well – and move to something that is much faster – but maybe without the SLA on the line itself.

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