So, whether you are
dealing with the breakdown of single device or a company-wide outrage, here are
top 10 mistakes you should avoid to limit damage and stay in control.
serious issue on your own can be disastrous. When dealing with a major problem,
or even a basic computer problem that you can’t get your head around,
collaborate. Get into discussion with a co-worker, open an audio/video
conference with stakeholders or get onto an online forum to share ideas.
down the impact:
Inform stakeholders the
scope of the problem. Allow them to initiate damage control measures while you
focus on resolving the problem. If the root cause of the problem is a human
error, be honest and forthright about it. Trying to cover it up will only
worsen the situation and curtail your ability to fix it.
online recommendation irrationally:
Google any ‘error
message’, you will find promising solutions to it. Whether any of them really work
is another thing. When relying on the Internet to provide the technology help,
choose qualified websites than user forums. Check time stamps of the posts to
ensure that the solution is not already obsolete.
You don’t want to
make a change and spend the next eight hours rectifying the break down caused. When
you want to do something you are not very sure of, take screen shots of the original
settings. Back up files, settings, configuration data or anything else you want
to change. These measures will help you undo whatever you have tried, easily.
several changes at a time:
To solve the problem
quickly, system administrators often commit multiple changes at one go. In the
best case, the problem will get fixed; you will not know which change led to
the resolution of the problem. In the worst case, you will add complexity to
the existing problem. A better approach is to use one troubleshooting techniques at one time, isolate the problem and fix it.
The cause behind
every breakdown need not be a hack or an exploited vulnerability. It can be as
simple as lack of disk space! So, start technology
troubleshooting with basics than taking a deep dive right away.
to keep a log:
When fixing things,
keep a log of what you are doing. It gives you a trail of what you have done. It
keeps you from duplicating your efforts. Keeping a log can be frustrating when
you want to fix something ASAP. But the practice proves to be priceless in the long run.
IT problems don’t
happen in a bubble. Before committing a change, make sure that your fix does
not break something else. Keep technology limitations and dependencies in mind;
put to use your creativity, flexibility and agility to derive the best
the need for dissection:
breakdown is as important as troubleshooting it. So, every time you fix a
problem, spend some time exploring why the problem occurred, whether it is
likely to occur again, what safeguards required, etc. This post-mortem is required to keep the
technology setup safe from repeated breakdowns.
Documentation is a
very important part of an IT professional’s job. The paper work provides a
reference to quickly fix similar problems in future. Documentation helps ensure
the team is trained to work on these problems in a meaningful and proactive way