You can use a System Administrator Guide Document to deploy, support, and maintain applications in your organization.

Use the System Administration Guide to:

  • Define procedures for starting and shutting down systems, monitoring performance, installing programs and operating system updates.
  • Set up User and Group Accounts, user types and privileges, and setting user permissions and passwords.
  • Schedule database maintenance, moving databases, setting user permissions, and database backup and restores.
  • Create security procedures, guidelines, passwords. Monitor software licenses purchased and installed.

System Administration Guide Benefits :
It will also help you create a schedule of maintenance tasks to ensure that systems, servers, databases, and printers, are proactively monitored, audited and secured by your System Administrators.
You can then use this System Administration Guide to:

  • Improve team efficiencies by monitoring administration tasks
  • Reduce unplanned outages or unscheduled downtimes
  • Improve security processes
  • Setup local printers, print servers and print clients.
  • Establish backup procedures, schedules, running scheduled and unscheduled backups, and maintaining backup logs.
Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Purpose and Scope
1.2 Audience and Assumptions
1.3 System Administration Tasks
1.4 System Administration Roles
1.5 Relationship to Other Plans
2 System Overview
2.1 System Software
2.2 System Hardware
2.3 Communications Architecture
2.4 Information Inventory
2.4.1 Resource Inventory
2.4.2 Report Inventory
2.5 Processing
2.6 Security
2.7 Privacy Act Warning
3 Site Profile
3.1 Site Location
3.2 Site Contacts
3.2.1 Primary Site Contacts
3.2.2 Secondary Site Contacts
4 System Administration
4.1 Shutting Down a System
4.1.1 Guidelines for Shutting Down a System
4.1.2 When to Shut Down a System
4.1.3 System Shutdown Commands
4.1.4 How to Shut Down a Server
4.1.5 Turning Off Power to All Devices
4.2 Starting Up a System
4.3 Monitoring Performance and System Activity
4.4 Installing Programs and Operating System Updates
4.5 Maintaining Audit Records of System Operation
4.6 Maintenance Reports
5 User and Group Accounts
5.1 User Types and Privileges
5.2 System Administrator privileges
5.3 Adding/Deleting User Logins
5.4 Adding New Users
5.5 Setting User Permissions
5.6 Adding/Deleting User Groups
5.7 Changing User Information
5.8 Changing User passwords
5.9 Creating Groups
5.9.1 User Roles/Responsibilities
5.9.2 Dropping Users / Groups
6 Server Administration
6.1 Creating Directories
6.2 Building Drive Mappings
6.3 Server Resources
7 Database Administration
7.1 Database Inventory
7.2 Managing Databases
7.3 Scheduling Database Maintenance
7.3.1 Moving Databases
7.4 Changing Databases
7.5 Database Access
7.6 Adding/Deleting Users to Database
7.7 Setting User Permissions for Database
7.8 Adding/Deleting Groups for Database
7.9 Re-indexing Database
7.10 Packing/Compressing Database
7.11 Data Entry/Modification/Deletion
7.12 Database Backup and Restore
7.13 Database Reporting
8 Printer Administration
8.1 Maintenance
8.2 Print Jobs
8.3 Requirements for Print Servers
8.4 Printer Configuration Information
8.5 Setting up Local Printers
8.6 Setting up Print Server
8.7 Setting up Print Clients
9 Security Procedures
9.1 Security Features
9.2 Security Procedures
9.3 Guidelines for setting up security
9.3.1 Using the “sa” login
9.3.2 Changing the “sa” Login Password
9.3.3 When to enable auditing
9.3.4 Assigning login names
9.4 Network Based Security
9.5 Setting Up Passwords
9.5.1 How licenses are counted
10 Backup Procedures
10.1 Maintenance Schedule (Daily, Weekly)
10.1.1 Daily Schedule
10.1.2 Weekly Schedule
10.1.3 Monthly Schedule
10.2 Running scheduled backups
10.3 Running unscheduled backups
10.4 Off-Site Storage Procedures
10.5 Maintaining Backup Log
11 Inventory Management
11.1 Maintaining Hardware and Software Configurations
11.2 Maintaining Floor Plans
11.3 Installing Software/Hardware
11.4 Maintaining Lists of Serial Numbers
11.5 Maintain Property Inventory
12 Frequently Asked Questions
13 Appendix
13.1 References
13.2 Glossary

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