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Posted on 2004-04-15
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Hello,

I recently started at a new job and there are 3 network admins now. THere used to be only 2 I am the 3rd. When it was just 2 people it was easy for the admins to keep up to speed on what has changed on the network, now with me here we need a way to make sure that everyone knows what happend or what changes were made to the network.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a FREE..... network activity log, or a log that tracks changes made to the network both physicly and logicalt??

For instance...

Joe Employee gets fired from the company...it would be nice to have a place to document who turned off the domain account and when, on what server they did it, and so on.....

Another case...

I install backup exec to replace our current backup plan....i creatd a new account in the domain for the backup service account....boss comes in and sees new account but dosent know that I created it...would be nice to be able to log the addition in a file where he can just look up the entry of us making the change...

Also be good to have tracking or errors that are recieved on the servers and how they were fixed or addressed....

Or even somthing as simple as....changing a static IP of a server...again who what when why...


Anyone have any suggestions?? I could make a excel spreadsheet with this information, just looking for some advice, and trying not to reinvent the wheel.

Thanks!!!
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I'm assuming that you are using Microsoft products, therefore you should have Microsoft Outlook.  Microsoft Outlook has a Task folder.  Within that folder you are able to create or schedule task.  You can track any changes made by anyone one of you 3, as long as each of you document your changes within that Task area.  You can mark the task as completed, in progress, waiting on someone else, etc.  You can set a priority level, you can set dates and reminders.  This is a simple, free, and fairly efficient way of tracking changes, updates, service, and repairs.  It's not hard to use and simple to implement, there are more advanced features that will possibly benefit you but if you play with it for a while you will learn the in and outs.  You can set up an Exchange account with permissions to the task folder for the 3 of you and use it to record/schedule task performed by each of you.  This way none of you will bump heads and always know what was last done on the server(s) or network.  
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Outlook would be ok, but dosent really accomplish what I need :-(

Need something that I can track and sort on, and i can manupulate many ways.

Thanks for the input.
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