Tips for the everyday admin -- #2

Bits & Bytes: Evan Marcus' availability countdown continues with advice on making sure you examine one problem at a time.

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Our countdown, brought to you by SearchStorage.com high availability expert Evan Marcus, includes some common sense tips for the everyday storage admin to follow.

#2: One problem, one solution

1. Don't shoehorn a single solution into solving two problems

  • You will do neither especially well
  • 2. Examine one problem at a time

  • The solution may cause new problems

  • If another problem is solved: serendipity!
  • 3. Get the right solution for each problem

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    This material is copyright 1997-2003 by Evan Marcus and Hal L. Stern. It may not be used in whole or part for commercial purposes without the express permission of both authors.


    This was first published in May 2003

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