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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 Phinaddict In reply to Please help my administra ...

First and foremost I would delete this guys account and start changing admin passwords. Since he left on bad terms he might try to sabotage the network to make a point. I would also look at setting up auditing that way if he does do something you will have a trace of what he did and how he got in. Just like stated before some things might not work once you change your admin passwords. Just remember this is set mostly in control panel - services. Get your hands on as many books as possibleand just start reading up on administration. A few good internet sites are http://www.microsoft.com/technet/default.asp
http://www.cramsession.com

Just remember to relax and take it one step at a time. Don't get overwhelmed and just remember if you need help to ask and we will do our best here to help you out. Good luck!!!!

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

While changing Admin passwords is a good idea in the near future, I would advise against it for reasons stated previously...namely: some services may not work afterwards!!!! Since you are new to this, you may not know all of the ramifications of completing such a task. MY FIRST STEP would be to go into 'User Manager for Domains' and make sure that all administrative accounts DO NOT have 'Dial in Privelages'. Then, as long as he can't get into the building physically, nor can he get onto the network.

Good Luck,
Eric
p.s. nice to be in the right place at the right time :)

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by Mark L In reply to Please help my administra ...

All above answers apply, except those portions that advised you to DELETE the prev.Administrators account. DO NOT DELETE! (Yet). Answer from aaron.vandergiessen@maryville.com said it best. DISABLE the previous administrators account. Do not delete it until you are sure that you have access to all system services. Do an inventory of the system. Physical & Virtual. Communicate with the boss(es). Know what they expect. Know what you can deliver. You don't mention whether your actually stepping into the shoes of your ex-System administrator, or just a concerned manager that inherited the mess. I gather, you are the one that is feeling the hot seat. Be cool. You inherited the position, you needn't take on the excess baggage... mlv//Mark LeVeck, http://www.chm.net / 618.593.7439 / mailto:mark460@trdesk.com

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by leo.valmores In reply to Please help my administra ...

All answers seems to lead to a point that the poor admin guy will do a revenge to your company or has the ill-feeling intentions of doing harm to the network systems.

It is only you and you yourself can assess this!

Nonetheless, 1) check the users or accounts in all your domain(s) and observe if there is a strange name/account. 2) check config on all remote access softwares that on on his PC or on all servers/gateways; i.e. PCanywhere, ControlIT, RAS accounts, etc. 3) disable his Exchange server account. 4) check that Backup goes on as this can save you somehow!

Cheers and it is not the end of the world!

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