Book Club #2

Book Club, Show Stuff November 18th, 2010

Our second Book Club segment will deal with Chapter 3 in The Practice of System and Network Administration

First off, a bit of scheduling, due to the Thanksgiving holiday (in the US), were going to push off the next book club segment to the December 9th show.

Back to the book – Chapter 3 deals with workstations.  Our focal questions for this chapter are?

  1. Do you know what state your workstations are in? (new, clean, configured, unknown, or off are the suggested state descriptions)
  2. Do you have a standard process for rolling out new workstations?
  3. How do you load a new workstation? (OS, applications, network configuration)
  4. How do you determine when you need to reload a machine?
  5. Does your installation process influence your thoughts on when a machine should be reloaded?

If you would like to share your thoughts and views on the chapter and topics, please post your answers as a comment to this blog post or send your thoughts to us at  We’ll share any feedback we receive during our discussion on the podcast.


  1. 1
    Farren Constable
    November 22nd, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Just a quick note to say that I’m enjoying the book club very much. I’d purchased that book months ago based on comments I’d heard on your podcast, but I hadn’t made the time to even crack the cover. Now the chapter-by-chapter discussion is giving me the motivation I needed to get started on the book.

    I’ve been a listener to the podcast for years and find it to be very helpful and informative. Keep up the great work!


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