Ghosts of Christmas past: Helpdesk horrors

Ghosts of Christmas past: Helpdesk horrors

Summary: The festive season is the right time to look back at those troubling manifestations that continue to haunt helpdesks, says Jack Wallen

TOPICS: IT Employment

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    5. Server down and no backup
    The nightmare of nightmares for IT. Your server has tanked and there is no backup to restore from. That scenario puts you at the mercy of a broken drive or RAID array, and you'll have to pray that the data on those drives can be recovered. The lesson? Back up your servers and convince everyone around you of the importance of backing up theirs.

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    6. Budget cuts
    In the present economic climate, companies are downsizing everything, including IT. Many companies are shifting from internal IT to outsourced IT. If you work in internal IT and you see the writing on the wall, this change is a nightmare you may not be able to avoid. Budget cuts are a certainty, so the only thing you can do to avoid this is to work efficiently, ensure everything you do and every decision you make is sound — and hope for the best.

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    7. The hacked network
    At some point, your company network will be hacked. The consequences depend on a lot of variables. But the most important thing is to be prepared. Have a disaster plan that includes security breaches — not just hardware failure. But instead of just relying on a recovery plan, make sure your protection is as strong as it can be. Ensure updates are applied, all security rules are checked, and all security hardware is up to scratch for today's attacks.

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Topic: IT Employment

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