There are four core areas to consider when maintaining a server. The first being the server’s hard drives and implementing a backup strategy. Having multiple hard drives maximises the capacity for your server to run, should a drive fail, however these should be checked regularly to identify any drive errors. A good backup strategy ensures data can be recovered should too many hard drive failures render the server unbootable.
Software system checks are carried out to review memory and processor usage, disk space and errors and/or the need for upgrades. Software applications and drivers are also checked for the latest versions and patches.
Servers can be prone to failure i.e. circuitry and fans, overheating etc. and an inspection of the error logs will guide us to pinpoint and resolve any issues. Replacing a key component, before it fails, is paramount and regular monitoring either remotely or onsite is essential.
And finally ongoing security checks and monitoring are a must from checking anti-virus scan results, password evaluation and user accounts to data checks on the network and log maintenance.