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New IT Administrator Job Advice needed

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Mr-Blue-Sky, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Mr-Blue-Sky

    Mr-Blue-Sky Bit Poster

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    I was offered a role as an IT Administrator today, working with a few Windows servers, and around 25 users.

    It's been 8 years since I last was an IT Administrator (been a web programmer since mid-2000) and so I'll be going back to a role I've not done for a long time.

    These past 3 weeks I've been brushing up with the MCDST which is getting me back to support mode.

    However there will be only 5 days handover period before I join. I'll also be the only member of IT in the organisation, so those 5 days will be critical to get as much information about what I am about to support.

    I've created a brief list of things I should ask, e.g. passwords to servers (usually helpful), but I'm sure to forget something.

    Can anyone here help me with a list of things I need to ask before I take over the role?

    Thanks all.
     
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  2. onoski

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    Firstly congrats on landing the role, in terms of information you can ask as in before hand over ask for documentation.

    You can also ask what their SLA's are with regards to responding to and fixing an issue. Best wishes as am sure you'd be fine:)
     
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  3. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

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    Congrats on the the new job! here are the things I tend to ask:

    Backup: schedule, where what, and how

    Admins: Do users have any admin rights, What are the highest levels of admins on the network.

    Firewlls: How are they employed/Hardware or software how are the filters set.

    AUP: Does the company have an acceptable usage policy, what is it, where is it.

    Licensing: Is there a list of software licenses along with which machine has what - are the licenses enough to cover the current usage

    Hardware: which hardware is responsible for what, age and specification. Bios passwords, admin passwords for switches

    and most importantly

    Users: Which users are reliable, which cause issue (theres always one)

    Hope you enjoy the new job.
     
    Certifications: A+,MCP, MCDST, VCP5 /VCP-DV 5, MCTS AD+ Net Inf 2008, MCSA 2008
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  4. Sparky
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    You would also want:

    ADSL details (if applicable)
    Domain hosting details
    Domain admin username and password (same for firewall and switches)
    Directory Services restore mode password (although you can reset this yourself)

    Finally ask for any network documentation, chances are there wont be any! :biggrin
     
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  5. Mr-Blue-Sky

    Mr-Blue-Sky Bit Poster

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    Thanks all for the advise; It'll help for next week.
     
    Certifications: BSc Distributed Information Systems
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  6. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    what about spam filter logons if you have any
    if its only 25 users I wouldnt think there would be any sla's sounds like a nice cushty job to me unless all 25 are those special kind of users that you dread popping up on your telephone display.
     
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  7. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

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    Normally I'd say get network diagrams showing data flows, especially if you're the only IT person in the org.
     
  8. kevicho

    kevicho Gigabyte Poster

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    Id make sure you have all the passwords for everything

    Especially if the previosu admin is Terry Childs ;)
     
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