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Linuxcare: A User's View: Dear Diary: System Log Book

Apr 28, 2000, 06:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arne W. Flones)

"As anybody in this business will tell you, disaster planning means thinking about and planning for the worst. Consider what you would do if you simultaneously lost your hard drive and all your backups. The rarity of such simultaneous disasters doesn't seem to stop them from happening every single day. Lulled into inaction by the reliability of today's hardware, we all drop the ball on protecting ourselves. It was with these facts in mind that I recently put together a project to document my systems. I started with any administrator's best friend: a system log book."

"First, I needed a notebook that has pocketed dividers, the kind that any college bookstore sells by the thousands. Since many of the entries in this book will be short, I prefer one of the smaller notebooks. The separate section is useful for dividing various types of information. The pockets are handy for inserting computer generated reports. A calendar is useful, too."

"I established the following sections with an eye towards recording all the vital system and configuration data necessary to successfully administer my system: Hardware, Space Utilization, Software, System Anomalies, and Future Planning."

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