Keeping a record of your system

System Log

Record all system modifications and other events

Date System Modification System Event
. . .

Diagnose any system problems

Date System Problem Solution used
. . .

Make a note of system usage and any growth

Date Description
. .

Make a note of the security implementation and its success, remember not to keep these records in an unsafe place.

Hardware Configuration and Compatibility

List your system hardware components and as suggested in the course material, check the hardware's compatibility with the operating system that you are installing.

For each hardware component record the following information:

Item .
Manufacturer .
Serial # .
Base Address .
Description (any further relevant driver information)Is it compatible with the operating system that you are installing and where did you find the compatibility information. Anything to be careful of in future or in the case of a re-install? .

Software Checklist

Application Description  
Software-Name Short description of the installation, problems, resources allocated, serial numbers, licenses and any other pertinent information.  

Backup Log

Decide on your backup procedure whether full or incremental, daily, weekly etc. Then create a log that you can refer to especially at restore time or if handing over the system to someone else (see Chapter 4).

A review of some of basic commands

Check in the man or info pages if you do not know these commands:

For managing files we covered ls, mv, cp, rm, grep, file and find.

We displayed files with cat, more, pg, less, head and tail.

Managed directory files with cd, mkdir, rmdir, pwd and copy.

Used input/output redirection with >, <, >> and |

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