To continue in further chapters, it is recommended that a functional messaging system be available to the reader for hands-on work. This chapter outlines some issues and practices that are important during the pre-installation. These issues can have significant impact on installation, operations, and recovery capability. It provides insight into situations that normally cause consternation. References are made to specific sections of manuals or additional supplemental materials. Think of this chapter as a reminder regarding operating system best practices that can be found in other BluePrints and elsewhere.
This chapter contains the following topics: