Tips for the everyday admin -- #3

Bits & Bytes: Evan Marcus' availability countdown continues with advice on exploiting external resources.

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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.

#3: Exploit external resources

Use vendor consulting and support
Attend training classes: this stuff is hard!
Hire knowledgeable personnel
Attend user conferences
Contact reference sites before you purchase
Join user and general technical groups
Poke around relevant Web sites and newsgroups
Read trade magazines and journals
RTFM (Read The Friendly Manual)

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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 April 2003
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