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System administration has often been considered to be a " practice " with no theoretical underpinnings. In this thesis, we begin to define a theory of system administration, based upon two activities of system administrators: configuration management and dependency analysis. We formalize and explore the complexity of these activities, and demonstrate that(More)
The explosion of information and integration of technology into everyday life has brought on new demands for how people manage and maintain computer systems. Demand is already outpacing supply when it comes to managing complex computer systems. There are burst of activities to ease the burden of configuration management such as autonomic computing. In this(More)
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