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rather than firefighting a problem when it arises i want to start performing preventative maintenance of some kind to my servers, workstations and network in general.

We use Server2000, Exch2000, Win2k and WinXP

I am sure MS do a guide but for the life of me i cannot find it.

Does anyone here a preventative maintenance schedule documented?

Thanks heaps.
Simon
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The most basic things to do are regular backups of all servers, using anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and making sure all Microsoft security patches are installed on your machines.  Are you doing any of this now?  If not, I can suggest several options that you can go with if you would like.  It would help if you could give me an estimate of how much you are looking to spend as well and of how big your network is so I can tailor my response more towards your configuration and needs.

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oh we have everything inplace, backups, AV, mail and websweeper, updates etc so its not a case of what we need to spend (£££) on our infrstructure.

To use an analogy, you have a car, it has all the bells and whistles but now it's time for an MOT or a service, you know a bit of preventative maintenance. I am the man in the garage in the overalls doing the service. What you dont want to do is wait for the brakes to fail before going to the garage. So the only cost is HH:MM

does that little lot make sense!?!

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The only other things I can think of are to make sure to defrag your HDs at least once every couple of weeks and keep unnecessary files (i.e. temp files and older unused files) to a minimum.  Aside from that it sounds like you're doing pretty good to me.

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