- Check event log of every server, fix/try to fix as needed.
- Creating new directories, shares, and security groups, new accounts, disabling/deleting old accounts, managing account policies.
- Make sure backup runs and verify the files.
- Check for free space on all servers, for file pollution and quotas.
- Ensure that all server services are running.
- Ensure that anti-virus definitions are up-to-date.
- Keep Service Pack and Hot fixes current.
- Check Print Queues.
- Keep a log of everything you have fixed or performed maintenance on.
- Permissions and files system management where appropriate.
24/7 Server monitoring
Standard monitoring – Backups and HDD monitoring
Advanced monitoring – Backups and HDD monitoring, Server Performance Check, Hardware Diagnostics, Server Roles and Features monitoring
Standard subscription – £99 p/m
Advanced subscription – £199 p/m
Day to Day Monitoring & Activities.
- Backups – ensure that backups are being performed nightly and verify their successful completion. The top 10 rules of system administration on any operating system are:backups, backups, backups…
- Clean Servers, check for .tmp files, jetdb files, etc.
- Implement any new policy, permission, logon script, or scheduled server modification.
- Reboot Servers if needed.
- Keep up-to-date on IT news regarding networks and security.
- Evaluate software for System Admin purposes.
- Performance Monitoring/Capacity Planning- Budgeting for the future.
- Uptime/Downtime reports.
- Audit network for unauthorized changes.
- Change Service Account Passwords, this could be done quarterly.
- Extended testing backups with restores.
- Maintaining applicable Service Level Agreements.
- Managing off-site storage of backup tapes, whether you take them home or a service picks them up.
- Periodically reviewing all of the above, is documentation up to date?
- Has the Disaster Recovery Plan been updated to reflect changes in the environment?
- Periodically reviewing workload.
- Periodically review company technical environment. How can it be improved?
- Run defrag and chkdsk on all drives. Review audit policies, audit user rights and privileged local and global groups.
- Test disaster recovery process to an alternate site, in case of emergency.
- Test the backup restore procedure.
- Get a performance baseline for things like %Processor Time, Page filing, Disk Queues.
- Most HDD last 5-7 years depending on the usage so make sure you have a reliable backup system.
- As part of our service we will setup regular backup system to avoid long downtimes in case of HDD failures!