Provide a common group of tools in your Data Centers. This makes a server environment more usable and can save a system administrator or network engineer a significant amount of time if they need to work on a piece of equipment and don't happen to bring tools with them. This isn't just a convenience issue—when downtime occurs, every minute that doesn't have to be spent retrieving tools is hopefully how much faster devices can be brought back online.

Be aware that Data Center “tools” aren't limited to the handheld kind found in a hardware or do-it-yourself store. Anything that helps a Data Center user complete their work in the room should be considered a tool. The list that follows describes some particularly helpful Data Center tools: ...

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