Unix best practices: Remember, what you’re protecting is not systems but productivity
When considering the issue of best practice as it applies to the administration of Unix servers, there are a number of questions you might want to ask yourself. They begin with “What is best practice?”, quickly followed by “How do you pursue best practice?”, and “How do you know when you’re meeting best practice?”.
The word “best” is not intended to suggest that the highest possible standards are applied through the most stringent means. Instead, efficiency and effectiveness are key to developing and adhering to practices that are likely to be both affordable and sustainable.
What is best practice?
Best practices evolve. What was acceptable ten years ago might be considered negligent today. In addition, best practices generally represent a compromise between your goals and your means. Standards that are too high can be impractical or too costly to implement.