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server audit info ideas?

okay...

I have a question for all you fellow computer peeps out there...

I have to write up an audit procedure for all of my servers and all aspects of them.. so I am looking for ideas.

Here are a few things that i am going to check for as it is

Hardware (processor, memory, HDD used and free)
OS and service pack level (all MS stuff)
symantec antivirus information
installed applications
services running



task list (what does it do?)

disaster recovery threshold (how long can it be out for)

this is a short list of ideas, anybody have any others?

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IP addresses, static routes on the server if any. Ports being used.

This makes network guys happy. When we have to prove it's not our problem

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here are a few more ideas that I came up with...

internal / external websites being hosted on system.

jughead and rdrash, thanks for ideas.

everybody else, please all suggestions welcome

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Is this a public facing server or an 'internal' one?

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basic runbook data for each server in my datacenter:

Key contacts (office #, cell phone #, pager, email)
- server OS administrator
- network administrator
- application support
- facilities mgr
- vendor support
o tech support number
o maint contract info
o account mgr
o systems engr

Baseline info

- OS Type and Version
- Server Make and Model
- System Name
- System ID
- PROM Version
- Number of CPUs
- Memory Capacity
- Disk Layout
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i'd start from base up from a newbie's persepctive kinda thing

server hardware platform bios array and what not servers expansion capapbilities and current load.

than os and software loaded including patches and server apps/hosting services.

server role in the enterprise and impact level to the business if it was to go down. hehehe

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People can list things for days, but tell us: What is the point of the 'audit'?

Security? Financial? Software Licensing? Internal company audit to answer the ellusive question: What computers do we have and what do they do?
Cost/functionality?
Disaster recovery?
Inventory for a possible company buyout or bankruptcy?

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People can list things for days, but tell us: What is the point of the 'audit'?

Security? Yes Financial? No Software Licensing? Yes Internal company audit to answer the ellusive question: What computers do we have and what do they do? Yes
Cost/functionality? Yes
Disaster recovery? Yes
Inventory for a possible company buyout or bankruptcy? I hope not

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FYI, for those of you that didn't know, JoJo is my boss...

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Internal company audit to answer the ellusive question: What computers do we have and what do they do?
this is probably the one that is the most important, but JoJo answered the question better then I did

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How much disk space is being used by pr0n and music?
What quality and type of pr0n and music is being stored on this server?
Is there a back up the pr0n? How often?

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A simple and often overlooked one (in addition to the ones listed above):

I always liked from the command line:

cd /
ls -lsaR >ls.R

That full recursive file listing inventory can come in quite handy later


Also, save off the output from:

netstat -an

(This lets you know what's connected to what on the box).. useful to see outside facing 'services' that you did not know about, waiting and listening for connections.

If you have neither utility, snag the cyg-win package

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A simple and often overlooked one (in addition to the ones listed above):

I always liked from the command line:

cd /
ls -lsaR >ls.R

That full recursive file listing inventory can come in quite handy later


Also, save off the output from:

netstat -an

(This lets you know what's connected to what on the box).. useful to see outside facing 'services' that you did not know about, waiting and listening for connections.

If you have neither utility, snag the cyg-win package
correct me if I am wrong, but both of those util's are unix, we run a windows shop here. I am not as much interested in HOW to accumulate the data as WHAT data to accumulate. Thanks

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netstat works on windows. ls does not

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correct me if I am wrong, but both of those util's are unix, we run a windows shop here. I am not as much interested in HOW to accumulate the data as WHAT data to accumulate. Thanks
They are, and the cyg-win package will get you those commandline utilities.

To objectify the deed without the specifics:

Complete file inventory of the system, with md5hash values, date/time stamps
((The md5hash value can be later used to determine authenticity of the file or track 'changes' to them)).

Complete inventory of what sortware is listening on what ports (both externally exposed, and internally to localhost(127.0.0.1))

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