Working as a System Analyst is very exiting job, but if your not smart enough! It can become a little boring.
let me give you a simple example, I was doing some of the housekeeping of the Servers that we support, which involved me to do a series of task on each Server, you might be thinking that’s not a big deal !
well reconsider it once more if you have to do that task 300 times, the same steeps on all the Servers (if you have 300 Servers) or if you have to do a task several time a day on few Servers, Now that can get very tedious job, and off course can become boring too.
the only solution around this problem is scripting or Coding or Programming.
Ok hang on are you one of the guy who likes to keep away form programming like me ?
Well in all honesty, I use to say that programming is not my peace of cake as I am a system Admin, but let me give you another example. As you’re the Administrator you are been told to create a user account for a new starter, well if he just needs the domain access your job is very easy as you just need to create one user at the Active directory dome controller. But if you need to give him logon locally access you have to create a local account on each of the Server, if you have 300 Servers, then its not wise to logon each server and careate a user.
Ok now you will need a method or a script to do that job for you, You do not need to be an expert to do it, you should just know, want to be done.
Dint get it ?
I know scripting sounds scary isn’t it, don’t worry you do not need to learn every thing, Scripting is very simple, its a set of commands which you want to do. If your very lucky you can find a ready to use code on the internet, all you got to do now is download it and edit it according to your need then please do not forget to test before you implement. once your convinced that the script is doing the exact job as you wanted.
Believe me it does make our life a lot easy
so if your need to do a task more then once which can take 10 minutes each time you do it.
Try to write a Script.
if you have to do a series of admin tasks on several computers
Try to write a script
If you want to run a particular task at a time when you wont be in the office or it simply does not need any monitoring.
Again try to write a script.
just write a simple script and keep it. so wheen you need to do it again you can just execute that code and it will do it for you
Magic isn’t it J
Ok this is how you can work smatter rather then harder
I have gathered some useful links which is worth watching.
Special thanks to my friend Nathan who has not only given me this idea but helped me by going through some of the scripts which he wrote earlier, now I have managed to do the same task with in a matter of minutes just by working smarter.
Hear are some of the links you can find useful other wise just use Google
You will find a lot of new scripting tools like windows Power Shell, and other useful software and technical articles for making the Admin task easy by scripting
Microsoft TechNet :
Scripting: Your First Steps