What to Do When … Checklists for System Administrators
- 1.1 Building a Site from Scratch
- 1.2 Growing a Small Site
- 1.3 Going Global
- 1.4 Replacing Services
- 1.5 Moving a Data Center
- 1.6 Moving to/Opening a New Building
- 1.7 Handling a High Rate of Office Moves
- 1.8 Assessing a Site (Due Diligence)
- 1.9 Dealing with Mergers and Acquisitions
- 1.10 Coping with Frequent Machine Crashes
- 1.11 Surviving a Major Outage or Work Stoppage
- 1.12 What Tools Should Every SA Team Member Have?
- 1.13 Ensuring the Return of Tools
- 1.14 Why Document Systems and Procedures?
- 1.15 Why Document Policies?
- 1.16 Identifying the Fundamental Problems in the Environment
- 1.17 Getting More Money for Projects
- 1.18 Getting Projects Done
- 1.19 Keeping Customers Happy
- 1.20 Keeping Management Happy
- 1.21 Keeping SAs Happy
- 1.22 Keeping Systems from Being Too Slow
- 1.23 Coping with a Big Influx of Computers
- 1.24 Coping with a Big Influx of New Users
- 1.25 Coping with a Big Influx of New SAs
- 1.26 Handling a High SA Team Attrition Rate
- 1.27 Handling a High User-Base Attrition Rate
- 1.28 Being New to a Group
- 1.29 Being the New Manager of a Group
- 1.30 Looking for a New Job
- 1.31 Hiring Many New SAs Quickly
- 1.32 Increasing Total System Reliability
- 1.33 Decreasing Costs
- 1.34 Adding Features
- 1.35 Stopping the Hurt When Doing This
- 1.36 Building Customer Confidence
- 1.37 Building the Teams Self-Confidence
- 1.38 Improving the Teams Follow-Through
- 1.39 Handling an Unethical or Worrisome Request
- 1.40 My Dishwasher Leaves Spots on My Glasses
- 1.41 Protecting Your Job
- 1.42 Getting More Training
- 1.43 Setting Your Priorities
- 1.44 Getting All the Work Done
- 1.45 Avoiding Stress
- 1.46 What Should SAs Expect from Their Managers?
- 1.47 What Should SA Managers Expect from Their SAs?
- 1.48 What Should SA Managers Provide to Their Boss?
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Whether it's surviving a major outage, building a site from scratch, moving a data center, or keeping your boss happy, this compendium of checklists will help you do anything (even remove the spots from your glasses)!This chapter is from the book
In this chapter, we pull together the various elements from the rest of the book to provide an overview of how they can be used to deal with everyday situations or to answer common questions system administrators (SAs) and managers often have.
1.1 Building a Site from Scratch
- Think about the organizational structure you need—Chapter 30.
- Check in with management on the business priorities that will drive implementation priorities.
- Plan your namespaces carefully—Chapter 8.
- Build a rock-solid data center—Chapter 6.
- Build a rock-solid network designed to grow—Chapter 7.
- Build services that will scale—Chapter 5.
- Build a software depot, or at least plan a small directory hierarchy that can grow into a software depot—Chapter 28.
- Establish your initial core application services:
- Authentication and authorization—Section 3.1.3
- Desktop life-cycle management—Chapter 3
- Email—Chapter 23
- File service, backups—Chapter 26
- Network configuration—Section 3.1.3
- Printing—Chapter 24
- Remote access—Chapter 27
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