Large Scale System Administration of Windows NT Workshop, 1997
In Search of a Complete and Scalable Systems Administration Suite
J. A. Verdoes
Shell International Exploration and Production BV
Any large IT site consists of many different components,
each at various stages of evolution: old, current,
next release. They have from the SA perspective,
very little in common and their internal SA
takes place in disjunct domains. The configuration
files are not in a single repository and the native SA
tools, if they exist, are different. Their coherency
requires bespoke tools and procedures on top.
Popular marketing information creates the belief that
an all encompassing System Administration Tool
that could reduce the cost of operating this all, does
Over the years a number of promising, and outright
recommended, tools were evaluated in SIEP, leading
to many disappointments.
A summary of the findings, leading to way of assessing
a suite's internal engines and coverage against a
given site, is presented.