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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology by Rob Snevely

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System Installation

All system administrators have their favorite way to install systems, and if you get ten system administrators together in a room, there is a good chance that they will disagree on some aspect of what the best setup is. This can be called the “Rule of Ten Systems Administrators.” For manageability, it is important that all of the systems of the same type and function be installed in the same reproducible method. Additionally, the less human intervention that is necessary, the better: as the “Rule of Ten Systems Administrators” says, many options are possible, and everyone has their own ideas as to what is “right.”

Automation is the key to manageability. It makes installation faster in the long run and less time consuming for ...

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