Servers are marvelous. You can best describe them as supercomputers. They are the heartbeat of an IT company. They work 24/7, mostly without any problems. However, like any other machine, servers do need regular maintenance. Simple monitoring and IT server maintenance can prevent a minor failure from blowing up into a complete server disaster. So, let us discuss a few things to keep in mind for server maintenance.
Review old user accounts
Many times, you are unaware that you have a backlog of old user data and accounts in your system, which is no longer required. Storing such old data is both a legal as well as a security risk for your company. Whenever your staff changes, change of user or client cancellations systematically remove these user accounts and data from your system.
Check your backups
Before you make any changes to the system, always check that your system has taken backups. Run some recovery tests on the system before deleting any critical data. Also, make sure you select the right location for your backups.
Update the Operating System (OS)
It is important to update the OS at regular intervals. As updates are released frequently, getting real-time notifications can be difficult. That’s why we prefer automated application management tools plus regular monitoring to notify us whenever the system is outdated.
Check your RAID alarms
All servers must use RAID. Also, you should be able to monitor the RAID status regularly. Because if the RAID fails, even a single disk failure can result in complete system failure.
Monitor system security
You should periodically review the security apparatus of your server. Regular security audits help you to keep a check on the configuration of the system. Thus, giving you real-time alerts if any failure is detected. You can also conduct this review with the help of remote auditing platforms.
Check your server utility
Always review the disk, RAM, CPU and network utility of your servers. If they have reached 90% capacity, you should either plan to add more resources to the server or switch to a new one.
Check hardware errors
Regularly review your logs to check for any indication of hardware issues. Because overheating alerts, network failures and disk reading errors can be some of the earliest indicators of hardware failure. This is rare, but, always worth an inspection. Especially, if your system is not running normally.