color options

Body Background

slider option

Migration of an entire Theater

I was honored to be the Network / IT Engineer assigned to move The Manatee Players (Riverfront Theater) from its old location in downtown Bradenton (close to the Marina) to its new location (Manatee Performing Arts Center) just a few miles away. It’s a great feeling to read a History publication, and to know you were a part of it.
Big thanks to Janene Amick for allowing me to work with her on such a massive project, and trusting my abilities to get it completed.

This project involved every aspect of Technology found in a Performing Arts Organization:

  • Servers and Networking equipment to be physically moved
  • Re-configuration of new ISP and Firewall
  • Servers to be Upgraded from Windows Server 2003 to Server 2008 R2
  • Merging of all Theater Business / Enterprise software, specifically Theatre Manager
  • Integrating Ticket scanners with Wi-Fi and Enterprise Software
  • Installation of Wi-Fi Access points around the Theater
  • Installation of new workstations for staff
Old Servers being transported

Once the Servers and networking equipment were transported, we immediately got to work and loaded up the Server Rack to get the basics up and running. It was very challenging with no Elevator as the Theater was still under construction.

The new Servers were installed and all the data was successfully migrated, at which point we then started setting up workstations for the staff to test the migration.

Ticket office staff testing software and scanners

Access points and Wi-Fi connection tests followed with old routers and brand new SonicPoints.

Connection tests while Actors rehearsed in the Background
Sound Engineers performing tests
Final data migration from old to new Servers

The migration was a success. Opening day, I was present as we opened the doors for the first group of spectators to come watch the first performance at the new theater.