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How to build a server from scratch in any project of the IT company. In this article, I will explain the initial steps taken to build a server from scratch, highlighting the various stages and teams engaged in the server-building process.

Let’s start by learning about the Infrastructure teams. In a project, different teams play specific roles to help with different tasks. These teams include:

  • The Network Team, which handles network-related issues.
  • The OS Team, which works with Windows or Linux.
  • The Database Team, which deals with Oracle or SQL.
  • The Monitoring Team uses tools like SCOM, Nagios, or SolarWinds to monitor things.
  • The Backup Team is responsible for taking care of backups for servers and other devices.
  • The Storage Team provides storage solutions for the OS Team.
  • The Patching Team, which keeps servers up to date using tools like SCCM, Intune, Bigfix, and others as needed.

These teams can vary based on the specific needs of the project.

Usually, when a customer asks for a new server, they tell us all the details like how powerful it should be (CPU, memory, and storage), whether it should be a virtual or physical server, which operating system they want (like Windows or Linux), where it should be located, and what job it will do. Once we know all this, our team that deals with operating systems starts to create the server. First, they follow a set of rules called the Change Process (ITIL Process). They have to get approval from the customer in the Ticketing tool before they can start building the server.

Note: It’s important to know that whether it’s a virtual or physical server, we follow almost the same steps to create it. Here are the usual steps we follow to build a server.

How to build a Server: Physical

  1. The network team will assign IP addresses for ILO/iDRAC and the server.
  2. The DCOPS Team is responsible for the initial setup, which includes placing the server in the rack and performing the necessary connections and cabling.
  3. Once the rack and stack process is completed, the DCOPS Team will proceed to configure the ILO/iDRAC settings for the server.
  4. The OS Team will take over to install the operating system, which could be Windows, Linux, or ESXI.
  5. Following the OS installation, the OS Team will execute a checklist, which includes tasks like joining the server to the domain, configuring the basic settings, and installing various software, such as backup tools, monitoring software, and patching tools (for Windows or Linux).
  6. The Backup Team will configure backup settings for the server.
  7. The Monitoring Team will include the server in their monitoring system.
  8. The Patching Team will ensure the server is included in the regular patching rotation.
  9. The final task involves ensuring that the server details are updated in our inventory or portal, which serves the purpose of maintaining a comprehensive record of server information for future reference and billing purposes.

How to build a server: Virtual

Building physical and virtual servers follows nearly the same process, except for virtual servers, where the DCOPs team’s involvement is not necessary.

  1. The network team will provide the IP addresses for the server.
  2. The OS Team will deploy the Virtual Machine which could be Windows or Linux.
  3. Following the OS deployment, the OS Team will execute a checklist, which includes tasks like joining the server to the domain, configuring basic settings, and installing various software, such as backup tools, monitoring software, and patching tools (for Windows or Linux).
  4. The Backup Team will configure backup settings for the server.
  5. The Monitoring Team will include the server in their monitoring system.
  6. The Patching Team will ensure the server is included in the regular patching rotation.
  7. The final task involves ensuring that the server details are updated in our inventory or portal, which serves the purpose of maintaining a comprehensive record of server information for future reference and billing purposes.

Once this process is complete, the OS team provides access to other necessary teams on the server and informs the client or customer Then, the client can use the server however they need. . Please note that this article is written with beginners in mind who are still learning about Windows and VMware technology.

In conclusion, if there’s anything we’ve missed or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Your feedback is valuable, and we’ll be happy to update the article or make corrections as needed.

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Hi, I've been working with Windows, VMware and Cloud technologies for more than 12 years. I love delving into the exciting realm of technology and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. I write about IT and Technology, covering both technical and non-technical topics.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Sandeep

    I have just started learning Windows and this article is very helpful.
    Thanks

  2. Aneesh

    Such a nice explanation

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