Create a diagram

If a privileged account interacts with other systems or computers, I find it helpful to sketch out the relationships in a simple diagram. Of course I will initially capture the information in text based form, and then go onto diagram it if I think it will be helpful. And of course you can add a few well placed text boxes to flesh out the diagram.

Not only does this help me comprehend a sometimes complex chain of dependencies, it can be extremely useful to any parties that you need to consult with to get approval from, or advice on the optimal remediation path. And a diagram is a very nice way to demonstrate to your account owner that you have a firm grasp of the architecture.

A picture says a thousand words was never more true than in this line of work!