Re: Number of Admin's per Server
From: V Crenshaw (schmickn0sPaM_at_NoSpAmswbell.net)
Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2005 23:57:36 GMT
I guess I wasn't clear in what I was asking. We have thousands of midrange
servers: SUN, AIX, PYRAMID and HP in the company I work for.
I'm asking how many AIX servers should one admin be responsible for - max.
I'll take opinions, but I'm really asking if anyone has seen any written
opinions from industry
writers and magazines.
"Mxsmanic" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>V Crenshaw writes:
>> Have you seen in any of the industry mags with a survery or article that
>> talks about the
>> optimum number of unix or AIX admins per server?
> Unless the workload is very heavy, a single administrator should be
> optimal. For mission-critical machines, two people with root access
> would probably be wise (although only one might normally carry out all
> the administration duties).
> For large systems and in cases where responsibility must be divided for
> security reasons, you might want several administrators with different
> duties. The UNIX architecture doesn't lend itself to this, though,
> since you're either root or you're not, so it's all or nothing as
> privileges go. There are some creative workarounds, but they involve
> allowing ordinary users to run a few privileged programs; the only real
> administrators are those with the root password, and anyone with the
> root password can do anything.
> One of the problems I've always had with UNIX is this all-or-nothing
> sysadmin privilege, but it's a problem shared by a great many operating
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