Server Maintenance

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi guys,

I am running a network of 40 laptops and 3 servers. One server is my terminal server, one server is our main software server that we use on daily basis and the 3rd server is my Domain controller and my exchange server (SBS 2003) . I was wondering if there is any maintenance i should do to the servers? Monthly or quarterly maybe? Please advice. thanks in advance.
Question by:MXU2011
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    I assume you mean aside from typical things... like patching, backups, inspecting event logs...?
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    Do you know some virtual server monitor?
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    Not really maintenance but I like to at least once every 2 weeks i like to test the backups by restoring a dummy file i made, grabbing updates and at least reboot the server once a month.  We have dell servers so i use the management tools just to check out the health status of the raid etc.
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    All three above Experts have touched on different ideas.  I am not sure there is a single "best practice" for maintenance of every machine in every organization, but as an overarching rule, I would at the minimum (in no particular order):

    1) Make sure all anti-malware software was installed, functioning, and up to date.
    2) Make sure security patches and updates are tested and loaded in a timely fashion (not just MS products, all used products).
    3) Insure user security through the use of strong passwords, password time expiration, etc.
    4) Make sure that all sensitive data was being backed up on a regular basis (AD, Exchange, application, user files, etc).
    5) Perform hardware monitoring and periodic hardware maintenance - blow out dust, monitor server temp, defragment hard drives.
    6) Review server logs/hardware logs on a regular basis.  You can do this through individual look or by using a compiler such as SPLUNK (and there are others which would work, too).

    The time frames on all of these would be dependent on your business' fault tolerance and overall management "buy in".


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