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Sometimes, I find myself sitting here a little nervous that I am not doing enough to maintain our servers.  I wanted to check to see what, if any, actions I can take as weekly, or monthly routine checks I can perform on my server.  We are running SBS2003 with the latest SP, and everything seems to be running smoothly. I check my event logs regularly, and repair any errors we receive there.  Is there anything else I can do.  My goals for doing this are:

B) preventative action
A) for work in downtime
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by:Rob Williams
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SBS has built-in monitoring and reporting that can be e-mailed to you each day. That is an excellent review of performance issues, errors, and security breaches. It can be set up in a couple of minutes by running the wizard located by going to server management | monitoring and reporting | set up monitoring, reports, and alerts
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by:nobus
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A : clean out the server and fans from dust, check all fans are running normal, check temperatures of disks, cpu, and mainboard, verify room temperature, test backups (if they are bad, you're in for trouble)
B : see above
i hope this helps a bit !
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by:laustandphound
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Yes. It does.  I do all of this.  There are just days where I find myself thinking, "It can't be this easy"  (of course I have days where I want to die too)  So, I guess it all evens out.  I was just looking for more professional opinions on things to do to be proactive.  Thanks guys!  
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by:Rob Williams
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SBS is designed to be pretty self sufficient. One critical thing is to watch those reports for disk errors. Catch them early and they are easy to address. Miss them and you are into disaster recovery. Do you have WSUS (Windows Update Services) installed on the server to manage windows updates deployment? It's built in to R2.
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by:laustandphound
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I don't think I do... how do I get setup?
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by:Rob Williams
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Set up SBS reporting? If so go to to server management | monitoring and reporting | set up monitoring, reports, and alerts, and run the wizard. It will ask for your e-mail address and forward it to you daily. The disk errors would also be in the event viewer. SBS pulls information from various sources for this reporting, including red flags from the event logs.
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by:laustandphound
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I was talking about WSUS
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by:Rob Williams
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oh and what exactly does WSUS do?
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WSUS creates a central location for managing the deployment of Windows updates for your entire network. You can manually approve them or automate it, but it is a great way to be sure workstations are up to date, monitor their status, of just delay an update like IE7 if it conflicts with an application you have. You can also manage groups of servers and workstations differently should you want to use some as test machines for example.
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by:laustandphound
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Thank you so much!
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by:Rob Williams
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Thanks laustandphound.
Cheers !
--Rob
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