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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 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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