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Seven Habits of the Highly Effective System Administrator: Hints, Tricks, Techniques, and Tools of the Trade
We aim to accelerate the experience curve for junior system administrators by teaching them the tricks (and effective coping strategies) that experienced administrators take for granted and which are necessary for successful growth of both the administrator and the site.
The class covers many of the best practices that senior administrators have long incorporated in their work. We will touch on tools you should use, as well as tools you should try to avoid. We will touch on things that come up frequently, as well as those which happen only once or twice a year. We will look at a basic security approach.
Junior system administrators with anywhere from little to 3+ years of experience in computer system administration. We will focus on enabling the junior system administrator to "do it right the first time." Some topics will use UNIX-specific tools as examples, but the class is applicable to any sysadmin and any OS. Most of the material covered is "the other 90%" of system administration—things every sysadmin needs to do and to know, but which aren't details of specific technical implementation.
Ideas about how to improve and to streamline your systems and your workload, and, just as important, where to look to find more answers.
- The five things every site should know
- Why your computers should all agree on what time it is
- Why root passwords should not be the same on every computer
- Why backing up every file system on every computer is not always a good idea
- Policies—where you want them and where you might want to avoid them
- Ethical issues
- Growth and success as a solo-sysadmin as well as in small, medium, and large teams
- Training, mentoring, and personal growth planning
- Site planning and roadmaps
- Books that can help you and your users
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