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Tips for being a better system administrator

Here are a few tips that I have discovered or implemented during my career, that can help anyone get better results: Follow the 3-2-1 backup strategy  or better 3 copies of the data 3 different media 1 copy offsite Test your backups regularly. Ideally, automate your recovery tests. Use Whatever-as-code as much as you can. IaC is the first that comes to my mind, but using code to define objects and their properties have several advantages: Auto-documentation of changes Ability to easily rollback (using source code management like Git) Makes it easier for standardization an compliance Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Salt, Terraform, Pulumi are good examples Maintain a changelog of all the major changes in your infrastructure (that isn't already "documented" because you're using IaC). Keep track of your hardware inventory and plan your renewals and warranty extension purchases. Build a spreadsheet with all the components that you manage and make sure that everyone on the sysadmi