In computer systems and networks a run book is a set of defined procedures developed by the administrator or IT professional for maintaining the everyday routine, as well as the exceptional operations of the computer system or network. The run book should contain all the information a staff would need to perform daily operations as information on dealing with any problems that arise during usage from the operational system or network. Some procedures defined in an organization's run book would include procedures for starting and stopping the system, instructions for handling special devices, such as mounting optical disks or tapes, and procedures for how to perform backups, and so on.
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