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Best Practices

The following are best practices from this chapter:

  • Create documents that target a specific audience and meet a particular goal.

  • Have documentation reviewed and approved by other stakeholders in the organization to make sure that it meets their needs as well, and to simply get input from another source. For technical procedures, the document also must be tested and walked through.

  • Consolidate and centralize documentation for the organization.

  • Document the company’s policies and procedures for securing and maintaining the Windows environment.

  • Create well-thought-out and professional planning and design documentation to avoid costly mistakes in the implementation or migration process, such as buying too many server licenses or purchasing too many servers.

  • Baseline and document the state of a Windows Server 2008 R2 server so that any changes in its performance can be identified at a later date.

  • Use tools such as Microsoft Project to facilitate the creation of project plans, enable the assignment of one or more resources per task, and enable the assignment of durations and links to key predecessors.

  • Create disaster recovery documentation that includes step-by-step procedures for rebuilding each server and network device to minimize downtime and administration.

  • Document daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly maintenance tasks to ensure the health of the systems.

  • Use documentation to facilitate training.

  • Document business and technical policies for the organization.

  • Establish a plan for reviewing and updating documents and make it a part of routine maintenance.


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