Happy SysAdmin Day!

For myself personally, my best/worst migration was one where I had to move a user base from Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2003…

Today is the 12th annual Systems Administrator Appreciation Day and everyone here at Mimecast wants to send a shout out to the techies who diligently serve their colleagues, customers and families, doling out their skills and time to make all of our lives that little bit easier.

We are also very interested in all things Microsoft Exchange related and as such to celebrate SysAdmin Day we have put together a little competition to give away a £50 worth of iTunes vouchers every week to SysAdmins that tell us a little about an experience that they had when migrating their users to a newer version of Exchange. The best story each week will get the voucher… sorry it won’t be everyone! We’re also asking everybody to share their story via twitter using a hashtag (#Migrate) so we can track and count the number of times your story gets mentioned. On September the 13th we will take the story with the highest overall number of retweets and that person will be given a cool new iPad 2!

So come on, join the fun, tell us about the pain, the misery and the joy of pulling an all weekend shift to get your users working fine first thing Monday morning!

Not a difficult task, just a very, very lengthy experience. Many hours spent watching exports and backups take place, waiting for mailboxes to be moved to the new server. That was a full weekend of waiting with only a few hours of real interesting work though without my active monitoring, things could easily have gone pear shaped. That was the first time I ever heard the term “the only difference between running a backup and watching paint dry is that paint doesn’t tell you how dry it is…”  I call this my best/worst because all the waiting drove me insane while I knew all my mates were off having a blast on their weekends, but it was one of my best experiences because it went through smoothly with no major hiccups and NO OUTSIDE HELP… Thanked my lucky stars that weekend for the good fortune of being supremely paranoid and in control of all the elements that I had to touch on to get the job done. AD, Firewalls, switches. A one man job well done…

Spread the SysAdmin love – I know at least three albums I would buy with that £50 but would certainly have fun deciding what else to get considering all the bands currently on tour…

Go to this page to submit your entry now!

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