• Landsdon Ltd - IT infrastructure

The Company

Landsdon Limited was established in 1992 and over the past decade has grown into the UK's largest independent distributor of floorcovering products - stocking and distributing products from Europe's leading manufacturers, as well as its own domestic and contract floorcovering brands, Vanguard Carpets and CFS Carpets. The Group's turnover is in excess of £70 million.

The Challenge

Landsdons’ systems consisted of a legacy domain controller and email collection via an offsite host providing POP3 collection for all 120 users. The initial requirements were to upgrade the Head Office systems to allow for a more robust network setup and vitally provide a centralised email, calendar and contacts server that would afford the security and backup that is legally required of electronic communications.

There was also a longer term objective to centralise the working practices and IT provision of the 4 remote offices to allow both control and easy administration of all these users.

The Solution

After several consultations it was decided that the project would be divided into two constituent parts; the initial Domain upgrade and Exchange server install, and once completed the centralisation project would be discussed and ratified.

Probrand replaced the aging Domain Controller with a state of the art Hewlett Packard Proliant Server running Windows server 2003 as its operating system. The 40 internal staff at the Head Office site were then migrated onto this server and all files, applications and services transferred with no user downtime.

Probrand then installed a further Hewlett Packard Proliant Server, this server had 64bit Windows Server 2003 as an operating system to allow Microsoft Exchange 2007 to be installed. All 40 staff at the Head Office along with the key external staff of the remote sites were configured for full access to the Exchange server. Outlook Web Access was enabled for the remaining users to provide a seamless transfer over to this new way of working.