maintenance of servers

i have three server 2008 servesr. one is a domain controller, one is an exchange 2007 and secondardy domain controller and one is a terminal server.

what should i do as far as regular server maintenance goes? what logs should i check to make sure everything is working ok? anyway to make sure the hard drives are ok?
datatechdcAsked:
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tigermattCommented:

You should have all the servers running on RAID arrays with appropriate redundancy. In the event of a disk failure, this will allow the servers to continue to operate while the disk is replaced. You should monitor the state of your hard disks using either the software provided by the manufacturer (e.g. the Array Configuration Utility for HP ProLiants) and by observing the lights in the drive bays on the front of the server to check for disk failures.

All the servers should also be running on a UPS, or multiple UPSes, which can safely run the server and shut them down if there is a power failure for an extended period of time. You should regularly test your UPS units to ensure they are performing as they should.

As far as regular maintenance goes, the most important task you can do is BACKUP. Ensure you have a solid backup routine, preferably to an OFFSITE location, of ALL your data. For larger networks like yours, I would recommend the use of Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 with Remote Agents for the other 2 servers, and either a TAPE or DISK based backup solution. Furthermore, it is critical that you use the Exchange Server agent in Backup Exec to ensure the transaction logs are correctly purged when backing up the Exchange Server; if you don't, the Exchange logs will eventually fill the disks on your Exchange Server.

On a regular basis, perhaps every 6 months to a year, I also recommend taking the servers down, removing their cases and physically checking the hardware, including removing any dust or debris which may have built up internally in the server.

As far as software maintenance goes, installing and configuring Anti-Virus, in addition to verifying it updates, is imperative for both servers and workstations. I would also suggest you deploy and regularly check a WSUS server, to deploy Microsoft software updates to workstations.

-Matt
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datatechdcAuthor Commented:
Furthermore, it is critical that you use the Exchange Server agent in Backup Exec to ensure the transaction logs are correctly purged when backing up the Exchange Server; if you don't, the Exchange logs will eventually fill the disks on your Exchange Server

i am using 12.5 with agents. how do i make sure the purging of transaction logs is happening?
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tigermattCommented:

The easiest method is to look in the transaction log directory on the server after running a backup. If there are few log files present after a backup has run, and the size of the directory is relatively small, you can be sure the logs are being purged correctly.

If you need to find the location where your transaction logs are stored, run the following at Powershell:
get-storagegroup|ft name,LogFolderPath -auto

-Matt
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