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Twenty Tricky SysAdmin Tasks… And How to Approach Them

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    No admin maintains good docs. We just don’t. It’s a chronic shortcoming almost all of us share. However, maintaining documentation is one of those tasks we all know we need to do. Whether you use Visio or a whiteboard and markers, start making it a point to draw out what you are doing, and saving drawings and configs files for every system you maintain. Use SharePoint or a wiki, and get anything you can into folders by system to help with the documentation. A cell phone camera picture of a white board sketch is still better than no documentation at all, and maintaining documentation is one of those tasks that you just have to do. Waiting until the end to go back and document it all later is doomed to fail, so don’t even pretend you are going to succeed with that approach.

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Twenty Tricky SysAdmin Tasks… And How to Approach Them

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    No admin maintains good docs. We just don’t. It’s a chronic shortcoming almost all of us share. However, maintaining documentation is one of those tasks we all know we need to do. Whether you use Visio or a whiteboard and markers, start making it a point to draw out what you are doing, and saving drawings and configs files for every system you maintain. Use SharePoint or a wiki, and get anything you can into folders by system to help with the documentation. A cell phone camera picture of a white board sketch is still better than no documentation at all, and maintaining documentation is one of those tasks that you just have to do. Waiting until the end to go back and document it all later is doomed to fail, so don’t even pretend you are going to succeed with that approach.

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.