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28-point checklist for maintaining a healthy server environment.

maintaining a healthy server environment

Whether your data center contains only a handful of servers or somewhere north of 100, servers are at the core of your business, so it makes sense why you would want to do everything possible to ensure your servers are operating at peak performance.

So what goes into a healthy network? Following is a checklist of best practices:

Preventative maintenance ensures servers are always running at the highest level

Patches prevent poor performance or system crashes

Server reboots can help prevent crashes

Diagnostics help detect failing hardware components and potential data corruption before it’s too late

Backups of data should be completed regularly, ensuring data can easily be recovered should a server fail

Security provides you with the peace of mind that your critical data is safe from hackers

Firewall(s) prevent unauthorized users and helps monitor network activity for suspicious behavior

Antivirus programs provide a barrier against viruses that destroy important files or disable critical systems

Tight permissions limit control of what your employees have access to as loose permissions makes it easier for hackers

Password changes should occur regularly and should not include easy passwords

Monitoring server health will help detect and correct small problems quickly

CPU/memory utilization lets you monitor how much server processor and memory are being used, avoiding a crash due to lack of processor or memory

Disk utilization provides insight as to the amount of disk space being used

Process monitoring ensures all critical system processes are running

Back-up monitoring provides peace of mind that periodic backups are indeed happening

Antivirus monitoring lets you verify whether antivirus software is running properly and any virus has been eliminated

Log monitoring identifies whether your system is generating error messages or warning messages

Alerts ensure the right contact is being alerted immediately should an issue arise

Data continuity allows you have a plan in place to get your server and business up and running again in as little time as possible should the unthinkable happen

Reliable back-ups include external hard drives and the cloud, making it easy to back up data on a continual basis

Essential information means keeping record of what data is backed up and where it is stored

Hardware recovery plans should include a backup server should a server crash

Off-site storage of your continuity plan should be stored in a secure off-site location

Expert help means that even if you have a firm understanding of what is needed to maintain a healthy network, leveraging information from an IT professional can be invaluable

Stay current with the latest technology without getting caught up in short-term fads

Manage and maintain server(s) with the help of an IT expert, allowing you to focus on growing your business

Adapt to change by ensuring that as your business grows, your system and servers will do the same without missing a beat

Employee training provides employees with the know how to implement the latest hardware and software

Does your server environment have a clean bill of health or is it in the need of a checkup? Contact a Servers Direct representative today at 888-988-5816 or visit Servers Direct and let us help guide you to a healthier server environment.


Steve Grady is the VP Customer Solutions
Email him at steve.grady@equuscs.com for new business Opportunities
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