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Twenty Tricky SysAdmin Tasks… And How to Approach Them

  • Twenty Tricky SysAdmin Tasks… And How to Approach Them-

    Patching is a critical part of systems administration, and can also be a huge pain point for many admins. The key to making patching easy is to follow these three main steps:

    1. Test your patches
    2. Use a patch management application
    3. Verify that patches have been applied to all systems.

    You want to ensure that you test patches before you deploy them, but if you are patching manually, you are doing it wrong. Automation is critical, and a good patch management application will help you handle this task with ease. Ensuring 100 percent compliance also ensures you don’t have any surprises down the road.

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Twenty Tricky SysAdmin Tasks… And How to Approach Them

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    Patching is a critical part of systems administration, and can also be a huge pain point for many admins. The key to making patching easy is to follow these three main steps:

    1. Test your patches
    2. Use a patch management application
    3. Verify that patches have been applied to all systems.

    You want to ensure that you test patches before you deploy them, but if you are patching manually, you are doing it wrong. Automation is critical, and a good patch management application will help you handle this task with ease. Ensuring 100 percent compliance also ensures you don’t have any surprises down the road.

A SysAdmin has an almost endless list of tasks they must complete on a regular basis. Some are so routine that they can be done while multitasking, others require careful attention to detail and a laser-like focus to ensure that things are done well and completely. While many admins may look at most of the tasks on this list as run of the mill, they frequently present a challenge to others. In this slideshow, Christina Goggi, writing for GFI Software, provides some tips on how to approach them.