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Please help my administrator got canned!

By chesire1 ·
My administrator was fired today on some pretty bad terms and it seems that im in charge of everything for a little while. I have a decent understanding of the current system but I really need some help where to start. We currently have a network of80 Win 98 nodes connected to a NT Server which also emulate from a unix box. We are running an exchange mail server and have some sought of linux firewall set up. We all access the net through a dsl line. Im 22 years old and Im really not prepared for this ****. Could someone please give me some sought of checklist or some place to start. God save us all. Help!!#?@! chesire1@aol.com

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by Corky132 In reply to Please help my administra ...

I would get a list together of all the servers and software you run. (Exchange, Proxy, IIS, Checkpoint etc). Then diagram your network (domains, clients, IP address, etc).. That in itself will probably teach you alot.

Just be happy he didnt sabotage anything BEFORE he left.. I would probably change some admin passwords too, just in case he can "tunnel" into YOUR servers.

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by pbanco In reply to Please help my administra ...

What is it you are looking to do? First this is to delete his account and maybe even change the administrators password. You must be carefull when changing the admin password you may have services that depend on the admin account. This is just a start. Don't worry you will do fine, I am sure your company does not expect to much.

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by aspiring_one In reply to Please help my administra ...

I agree with the point the guy made about mapping out the network and thus learning a lot that way.

You also might want to consider getting as many "Cram" books as you can find on each particular subject. This will teach you a lot and since you guys are in such a state of emergency, there shouldn't be any problem with the company picking up the tab for them. Consider asking them to send you to training as well. You may get a pretty good salary/job out of the deal.

Good Luck!

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by chesire1 In reply to Please help my administra ...
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by wirejockey In reply to Please help my administra ...

If you are really in a bind and need help fast, look to hire a temp consultant. Good Luck!

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by Aaron V In reply to Please help my administra ...

Along the lines of pbanco's response, disable the ex-admins account(s) and change the main administrative password if possible (some services may depend on that user, as an aside, you should change this if at all possible, but that is a future consideration).

Check the Domain Admin group, and make sure only valid users are in the administrative groups.

You could also set a password policy to force all users to change their passwords. That way, if the ex-admin knew others' passwords, theywill be changed soon.

Next, look over the services on the NT systems. Again, if possbile, change the service account passwords and make sure to change the appropriate Service startup parameters.

Good Luck. I would ask if you could get an outside audit performed on your systems. This may give you a better idea of what needs to be done, and what state things are in.

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