Deployment for Windows 2003
The chapter I chose to cover is, Chapter 1: Planning for Storage. As the title indicates, covers planning for storage, specifically in a client-server network environment. This chapter, though not a systematic guide, provides the reader with specific information for doing just that. It covers everything from determining the organizational and application requirements to planning a disaster recovery solution. It provides questions to ask to determine those requirements. Chapter 1 also provides information on planning for scalability and deployments of Storage Area Networks. It provides information on the different types of RAID that provide fault tolerance, as well as using clustering to provide fault tolerance.
Many people will benefit from the information in this chapter, be they new to the IT field or a lifer. Each section acts as a set of guidelines for the task to be completed. There would be times when the lifer is being asked to perform a task that both they have not had to do in a long time, or maybe have never had to do, and they need a reference guide on what to consider before going out and implementing their solution. The person new to IT may not have any experience with having to design and implement a storage solution. This gives them a comprehensive guide to do just that by helping them to ask the right questions, or even to consider aspects that they would not have thought of, or just left out completely as not important.
For me this chapter is an immense help. I tend to charge forward with a given task and not plan for everything, especially with computer projects. In the course of reading this chapter, I discovered how important it is to look at what the needs of the organization are before doing anything else. Those needs will, almost conclusively, determine what type of storage solution is needed by themselves. Everything from; what type of hardware the organization uses to are they required by...