LAN administration is an arduous task. The administrator's responsibilities often involve many
different aspects and may include such tasks as planning for network capacity, technology and
capabilities, maintenance, backup and storage, technical documentation, troubleshooting, security
and virus prevention as well as managing users.
While the specific job description for LAN administrators will be slightly different for each
organization, common responsibilities include:
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advice and help for each particular task.)
Task 1: Install and
configure servers and user workstations
Task 2: Perform and
manage regular backups
Task 3: Provide
Task 4: Manage
users and provide user support
Task 5: Provide LAN
management and troubleshooting assistance
Task 6: Manage and
assist with network security and virus prevention strategy
This guide will help you with each step and responsibility. Refer back to it often when you have
questions or need advice in each specific area.
Immediate to-do's: Do these before completing any other step in this
Backups and recovery disks, RAID and images (Veritas, ArcServe, ghost, imagecast)
Are operating system recovery disks requited (server or workstation)? Have they been
created recently, copies and placed in a safe location?
Are backup recovery disks needed?
Is a full backup being made on a routine basis? Have you placed a verified, full backup
in a safe, offsite location?
Are daily, incremental backups being made? (They should be!)
Do any other software packages require or allow recovery diskettes? Have they been
created and stored in a safe location? (Antivirus, operating system, applications,
Is RAID and/or disk mirroring enabled and verified that it is functioning
Service packs, critical updates, security updates: Are the latest of these installed? Is
there a schedule for updating these items? (Weekly or monthly)
Antivirus installed and updated? Recovery disks required? Is automated scan enabled and
running? Are automatic download updates or push downs of updated DAT files available and
configured? Is there a schedule for updating these items? (Weekly or monthly)
Complete steps 1, 2 and 3 and then perform a full backup and store in a safe
Secure physical access to the servers, enable BIOS passwords, lock server room, ensure
battery backups are installed and operating properly. Is the power supply adequare for the number
of devices you have plugged in?
Verify and record all software licenses in possession. Are additional licenses required?
Remember you could be liable for this!
Use your PDA and/or calendar feature in your mail program to schedule and remind you of
these critical items.
Additional checklist – Critical items that may require steps 1-5
|Backups and data redundancy
||Monitoring network traffic
||Printer servers and printers
|Help desk /Work order tracking
||Time clock servers
|inventory of hardware and software
This was first published in November 2006
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