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Twenty Tricky SysAdmin Tasks… And How to Approach Them

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    Hardware and software inventories are critical so that you can keep track of what you have in the environment. Whether you are planning for the next round of workstation upgrades for users, or just need to know if you have enough capacity in your VM farm to spin up a test machine, keeping good inventories will make your job easier. Look for systems management applications that can query systems both for their hardware capabilities and installed software, and update physical server and workstation entries with the service tags from the manufacturer, purchase or lease dates, and warranty information.

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Twenty Tricky SysAdmin Tasks… And How to Approach Them

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    Hardware and software inventories are critical so that you can keep track of what you have in the environment. Whether you are planning for the next round of workstation upgrades for users, or just need to know if you have enough capacity in your VM farm to spin up a test machine, keeping good inventories will make your job easier. Look for systems management applications that can query systems both for their hardware capabilities and installed software, and update physical server and workstation entries with the service tags from the manufacturer, purchase or lease dates, and warranty information.

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.