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System Administrator Checklist

System Administrator Checklist

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System Administrator Checklist
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Published by: Indrajit Banerjee on Aug 08, 2008
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System Administrator Checklist
Daily
Review Audit logs
Tasks
Check application log for warning and error messages for service startuperrors, application or database errors and unauthorized applicationinstallsCheck security log for warning and error messages for invalid logons,unauthorized user creating, opening or deleting filesCheck system log for warning and error messages for hardware andnetwork failuresCheck web/database/application logs for warning and error messagesCheck directory services log on domain controllersReport suspicious activity to IAO
 Tools
 – WindowsEvent Viewer  
Perform/verify daily backup 
Tasks
Run and/or verify that a successful backup of system and data files hascompletedRun and/or verify that a successful backup of Active Directory files hascompleted on at least one Domain Controller  
Tools
Windows Backup ToolVeritas Backup Software 
Track/monitor system performance and activity 
Tasks
Check for memory usageCheck for system pagingCheck CPU usage 
References
www.Microsoft.com - Monitoring Server performance 
Tools
 – WindowsMicrosoft Management ConsolePerformance Log and AlertsTask Manager System Monitor Microsoft Operations Manager 
 
 
Check free hard-drive space
Tasks
Check all drives for adequate free spaceTake appropriate action as specified by site's Standard OperatingProcedures 
References
www.Microsoft.com - Monitoring Server performance 
Tools
 – WindowsDisk Defragmenter Disk ManagementDisk Quotas
Physical checks of system 
Tasks
 
Visually check the equipment for amber lights, alarms, etc.Take appropriate action as specified by site's Standard OperatingProcedures
Weekly
Archive Audit logs 
Tasks
Archive audit logs to a media device with one year retention 
Perform/verify weekly backup 
Tasks
 
Run or verify that a successful backup of system and data files has beencompleted 
Tools
Windows Backup ToolVeritas Backup Software
Update Anti-Virus signature file 
Tasks
Download and install current Anti-Virus signature files 
Downloads
 www.cert.mil
Run Anti-Virus scan on all hard-drives 
Tasks
 
Scan all hard-drives using current Anti-Virus signature files 
 
Check Vendor Websites for Patch Information 
Tasks
Check vendor websites such as Microsoft, Sun, HP, Oracle, etc for new vulnerability information including patches and hotfixes 
Downloads
http://iase.disa.mil – DoD Patch Repositorywww.cert.mil
Compare system configuration files against a baseline for changes 
Tasks
Compare system configuration files against the baselineCompare application executables against the baselineCompare database stored procedures against the baseline 
Tools
 – UnixTripwire
Run file system integrity diagnostics 
Tasks
Run diagnostic tools to detect any system problems 
References
www.Microsoft.com - Managing Disks and Volumes 
Tools
 – WindowsDisk Defragmenter Error-checking toolDevice Manager  
Verify Retina Vulnerability Scan Performed (SCCVI) 
Tasks
Verify system scanned by IAO or NSO using Retina tool to detect for vulnerabilities 
Downloads
http://iase.disa.mil – DoD IA Enterprise-wide Tools and Software: SCCVI(DoD PKI cert req'd)
Remediate with Citadel Hercules remediation Tool (SCRI) 
Tasks
Verify Hercules remediation tool is used on system to correctvulnerabilities 
Downloads
http://iase.disa.mil – DoD IA Enterprise-wide Tools and Software: SCCVI(DoD PKI cert req'd)
Check for Password Files 
Tasks

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Andreas Drbal added this note
Great information and checklist which definitely took a bit of time to compose. This is a great addition to another neat nugget for system administrators... http://scalextreme.com/online-trainin...
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Thanks for ur guide..
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