Business firms are closely relying on their computer systems as well as their network. As a result, proper server maintenance and support is extremely important for their productivity and growth.
Server maintenance is usually the process associated with helping to keep a server up to date and operational to ensure that a computer network could perform efficiently. Computer servers are the heart of the network and must be well organized in order to prevent malfunction or disruption.
Generally there are three major elements to any server maintenance plan: scheduled maintenance, application of patches and overall system maintenance.
The initial steps of server maintenance are server assessments and the creation of the server maintenance plan. We will review every aspect of your server and our technician will create a personalized server maintenance plan for you. We will address issues such as: database, including the database size, number of server tasks, number applications created on the server, and the amount of concurrent users accessing the system. During this process, we will determine what procedure to carry out and when.
Application of Patches
Every server maintenance plan should incorporate the application of software patches. A software patch is often a set of program codes supplied by the software publisher or the manufacturer to address known issues. It is quite typical for a software patch to address any programming bug or security weakness. Many software patches frequently incorporate several fixes and may also include a number of new features or enhancements. On the other hand, some patches could potentially cause incompatibility with your currently installed software. Our server maintenance technician will review your operating system and other installed software programs to determine if it is necessary to install any new patches.
Security must also be assessed as part of server maintenance. If necessary, security patches need to be installed on individual computers across the network to make sure that important information is securely maintained. The security evaluation must also include examining server logs for signs of computer hacking attempts or any other security issues. Also, we will ensure that antivirus software is up to date on every single computer unit in the network
Usually, these types of procedures can be performed after working hours to ensure that network user activity will not be disturbed.
Disc and Memory Clean Up
System issues can and will come up as time goes by. If, for example, the system went without routine maintenance for too long, a considerable decline in your serverâ€™s overall performance can become apparent. Some of these may possibly be a result of non- fragmented discs or memory.
As a server load increases, to improve performance, it might be advisable to relocate some of the application to an alternative hard drive or server.
Any server maintenance plan must also include a comprehensive data backup plan. In the event of a system failure, the backup data is going to become crucial in enabling the network users to recover their stored information. Based on what sort of data is usually stored on the server, it may require to be backed up daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. A good backup plan must constantly be tested on a regular basis to make sure that it is going to fulfill data recovery needs.
In general, system maintenance frequency varies based on the size of the company however, it is commonly recommended to be done at the very least once every calendar year. This aspect of the server maintenance plan is usually scheduled over the weekends, when usage of the system activities is usually low. A portion of this kind of maintenance incorporates a full data backup of all system devices.
At the appropriate interval, a system modification, system restoration, or hardware component replacement may also be necessary.