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The deployment process is one of the most exciting—and important—parts of a system administrator's job. There is nothing that makes you look better than when a build-out goes smoothly, and there is nothing that can make you look worse than a failed deployment. Attention to detail is critical in any build-out process, from the ordering process to handoff documentation. Your planning for the deployment must cover every detail; if even one cable is missing, the entire deployment could potentially be stopped in its tracks. Take your time, read over specifications and documentation two or three times, and test everything before handing off to your users.

Review Questions

  1. What are the benefits of using a reseller?

  2. What are the dangers of not letting hardware acclimate to your data center environment after being brought in from the outside?

  3. How would you install a standard desktop PC in a rack?

  4. What is a KVM switch? What are some of the benefits of using one?

  5. What features of Jumpstart does Kickstart lack, and vice versa?

  6. What are the advantages of using a package management system?

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