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Server management, infrastructure and application management

How are your backups configured ?

* What are the different backup types such as Full, Differential and Incremental backups .. or maybe even Delta / Block level? What are the pros and cons of the different approaches? What are the consequences? Enough time to finish backup within your backup window? Is there different solution or can your’s be more effective?

Is it enough for a complete restore ?

* What is the minimum for backups to restore a complete system crash or just parts of it? Is there documentation on HOW to do it? Do you have systems that are interdependent and in what order should a restore be done as quickly as possible to return to normal operation again? How does your server-operative behave? Microsoft Windows, Novell NetWare, SUN Solaris, Linux .., they all behave differently at restore.

Or, is it too much backed up ?

* For instance, when restoring a Microsoft Exchange Server, certain things should be excluded that can “entangle” the restore. There are many examples and it requires know how and experience. Backing unnecessary functions and files will cost you time, space and bandwidth. Is it possible perhaps to streamline? Have you backed up a lot of unnecessary private files that occupy time and space on backups? Are your workstations and laptops backed up? If that is the case, how?

Backup log files, who reeads them and manages errors?

* Missing error messages in the backup can have dire consequenses if your critical data is not included when necessary

How are your backup stored and who has access to them ? And when ? Whos responibility is it if the go missing ?

* Remember that all of your company’s data is stored on tapes/media and with the right knowledge it can be used to do you harm.

What guidelines are in place and how they are followed?

* Are there any policies set for overwriting of tapes? From how far back in time is data supposed to be able to be restored? For how long do you have archived data? What does the law state in your case? What guidelines are decided from the top?

Communications

* Fixed connection or ADSL or another and what are the consequences? Frame Relay? Speed​​? From which provider? should there be redundancy in communication? Routing and Switching? Wireless networks and how secure is it, WEP, WPA, WPA2? VLANs in the switches? Spanning tree? Monitoring of the links?

Firewall

* What firewalls covers your needs? Hardware-based or software based? Microsoft ISA/TMG Server? Linux? FireWall1? NetScreen? Juniper? Clavister ? How should the rules be set up to block malicious traffic? Are rules also applied to outbound traffic? Should there also be a IDS/IPS system? Brute force prevention at the firewall-level or the servers? DMZ and forwarding? Who/what should have access to the firewall? How quickly can they make changes if needed?

The servers

* Will the servers be placed on a separate server network, server LAN or backbone? What is the speed, 100 Mbit, 1 Gbits or 10 Gbits? How you can optimize your speed? Should the network is divided into zones so-called subnets? What is “private IP network”? What is “public addresses”? How does DNS work and who manages it? Need of WINS? How to plan a Microsoft Active Directory or Novell NetWare NDS? Global catalog? What will/should be monitored? With what software? SNMP? Insight Manager? Microsoft SCMM? Where should alarms be sent? How should the alarm be handled?

The users

* Will users be placed on a separate network? What should they able to reach and use of the resources? Are there integrated solutions with useraccounts and Firewall rules? How do we secure the server from brute force attempts and unauthorized access

What guidelines and policies do you vae in place?

* Are there policies in place for what the users are allowd to do and access? Do you have a policy for social medias? Is bandwidth limiting an option ? Restricting sites? How do you manage laptops, VPNs, mobile phones, iPads?

Backup and restore , Disaster Recovery Plan Questions

How are your backups configured ?

* What are the different backup types such as Full, Differential and Incremental backups .. or maybe even Delta / Block level? What are the pros and cons of the different approaches? What are the consequences? Enough time to finish backup within your backup window? Is there different solution or can your’s be more effective?

Is it enough for a complete restore ?

* What is the minimum for backups to restore a complete system crash or just parts of it? Is there documentation on HOW to do it? Do you have systems that are interdependent and in what order should a restore be done as quickly as possible to return to normal operation again? How does your server-operative behave? Microsoft Windows, Novell NetWare, SUN Solaris, Linux .., they all behave differently at restore.

Or, is it too much backed up ?

* For instance, whne restoring a Microsoft Exchange Serverr, certain things should be excluded that can “entangle” the restore. There are many examples and it requires know how and experience. Backing unnecessary functions and files will cost you time, space and bandwidth. Is it possible perhaps to streamline? Have you backed up a lot of unnecessary private files that occupy time and space on backups? Are your workstations and laptops backed up? If that is the case, how?

Backup log files, who reeads them and manages errors?

* Missing error messages in the backup can have dire consequenses if your critical data is not included when necessary

How are your backup stored and who has access to them ? And when ? Whos responibility is it if the go missing ?

* Remember that all of your company’s data is stored on tapes/media and with the right knowledge it can be used to do you harm.

What guidelines are in place and how they are followed?

* Are there any policies set for overwriting of tapes? From how far back in time is data supposed to be able to be restored? For how long do you have archived data? What does the law state in your case? What guidelines are decided from the top?

Services

Backup / Restore -After working daily for 8 years as a Disaster Recovery Technnician at SunGard Availabiliy Services I can be very helpful with most backup solutions available on Windows, NetWare, Solaris and Linux. I have unique skills on how to recover servers, and network functions.

IT operations and management as senior second line servertechnician -Since I earlier worked as a consultant in outsourcing, I am also proficient in the operation, installation and support of corporate networks. I have also been part of the operation such as on SunGard’s online backup services in which I have been through design, installation and operation. I can help with your support and help desk on the server side or serve as temporary IT Manager. I’m also the architect and manager of the cloud services at Red Cloud IT .

Installing and planning for new servers and functions -I can help you with planning, installation and configuration of mail systems, SQL Server, networking, firewalls, VPN solutions, monitoring, DNSBlacklisting, antivirus protection, etc. .

Procedure descriptions and documentation -I can help you with creating procedures and documentation to ensure proper operation and an effective approach in case of an accident. No one can plan for every possible scenario, but a good basic plan is a prerequisite for the fastest possible to come back into production after a breakdown. The question is very simple – how long can you be without your IT?

Cloud services and cloud computing -In recent years I have been very active with cloud services at Red Cloud IT where I’ve built, hosted and designed their rCloud Office solution and served as technical manager and consultant. I am also part owner of Red Cloud IT but I will help you to evaluate other cloud services and help you choose what suits your business. There are many different cloud services out there, and it comes to choosing the exactly right for your business.

Verification, audit and study of existing solutions -I can assist with verifying existing solutions, either examining the solutions you have and suggest changes or help you do a disaster recovey test of your systems to ensure functionality. I’m not tied to any company or product which makes my analysis completely independent of other suppliers. I’ll help you plan your DR-tests and write restart plans (known as DRP Disaster Recovery Planning) so they are in place when needed and you can minimize your standstill.

Courses and workshops -I have given courses and workshops for companies about disaster recovery and backups.

Your companys Internet reputation? -I am happy to assist you in reviewing how you appear on the Internet and come with tips and advice on how you can protect your brand and how such can use Google Analytics to relevant reports on visitors to your website and get a better lead generation. I’ll help you set up simple but efficient tools to get an alarm if something changes unexpectedly on your website that may as a result of a hacker attack. I will gladly help you also to monitor this.

Basic safety reviews -Basic control of network security, patch management, password policies, intrusion attempts, etc.

My consultant profile (CV) as PDF – in Swedish -A far from complete CV as such would be unduly long after 15 years as an IT consultant but it gives some idea of ​​what I’ve worked with before.

Brute force prevention and blocking for Windows servers -Syspeace is a software I came up with idea for and it has from there evovled to a simple but very powerful protection for Windows servers including Microsoft Exchange, Terminal Server, etc.