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The installation of a new server can be simple or complex depending on the purpose of the server, the necessary hardware, the installation location, and a number of other factors. The involvement of the server administrator may take place at any stage of the installation process, but often occurs after someone else has defined the installation plan and timelines. As far as the Server+ certification is concerned, the focus here is that the individual be able to support and implement the server installation plan, rather than have the skills to develop a plan.
Tip: When you're installing servers, there are many considerations, but one is more important than any other: safety. As you examine and interpret installation plans, you must always consider the safety of yourself and others particularly when moving equipment or dealing with electronics.
Other organizations choose to have a team of IT professionals handle the installation. Even in such environments, a team leader will have the final say. Whichever method is used, the task at hand remains the same. The installation plan must be verified and executed in accordance with specifications.
Of course, this example is obvious, but you might notice something a little more hidden, such as the fact that the RAM to be installed in the server is not of the correct type, or that the server is supplied with only a 100Mbps network card and you will be plugging into a 10Mbps network point. As the implementer of the server installation plan, you have the responsibility to flag these issues.
Tip: Purchasing a server typically requires considerable time and energy because you've got to ensure that it's suitable for an organization's needs. Everything, from the server's chipsets to RAM and the storage devices, has been carefully chosen. It is necessary to ensure that all of these components are as specified when they're delivered. If they are not as specified, they should be returned to the supplier and the correct parts procured.
Some of the more common server installation details include the following:
The installation schedule is often developed over a period of time and includes provisions for some of the following:
For smaller organizations, server installations will take place in the evenings or on the weekends. The trick with these installations is to have everything tested and working before Monday morning and to have a rollback plan that allows you to return the network to its original state should an unforeseen problem occur. Though a weekend to install something as complex as a network server may seem like a tight schedule, it really isn't. With the right plan in place, the installation should go relatively smoothly....
|Ch. 1||Role of Servers in a Network Environment||1|
|Ch. 2||Network Fundamentals||39|
|Ch. 3||Server Hardware||69|
|Ch. 4||Server Storage Devices||111|
|Ch. 5||The Server Environment||143|
|Ch. 6||Server Installation||171|
|Ch. 7||Server Configuration||201|
|Ch. 8||Server Maintenance||241|
|Ch. 9||Server Upgrades||279|
|Ch. 10||Fault Tolerance||329|
|Ch. 11||Server Failure and Disaster Recovery||365|
|Ch. 12||Operating System Basics||393|
|Ch. 13||Network Management||441|
|Ch. 15||Using Support Resources||501|
|Ch. 16||Sample Test||529|
|Ch. 17||Answer Key||557|
|App. A: Answers to Review Questions||573|
|App. B: Objectives for Server+ Exam||591|
|App. C: Study Resources||595|