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Here’s What You Need to Know About Regular Server Maintenance

Published July 14, 2021

Here’s What You Need to Know About Regular Server Maintenance

Server maintenance is an essential task for any business. Servers keep websites active and customers happy, among many other tasks. Yet it might surprise you to learn that many people still neglect this critical task.

If you don’t take care of your servers, you can expect tech problems to start happening which could stop your business in its tracks. 

So, what does a regular server service look like? In this guide, we’re going to give you a server checklist that you can use to keep your servers in peak condition.

Ready to learn more? Then read on!

1. Ensure That There Are Backups In Place

Your server no doubt contains a whole host of business-critical information. You need to make sure that you have that backed up

If something goes wrong, you need to be able to recover the information and data that was on your server. Things can even go wrong during maintenance itself! 

You should take this step to make sure that your RAID array is working as intended if you use one. A RAID array allows you to mirror the contents of one disk onto another, which can prevent data loss if something goes wrong.

A shocking amount of Americans don’t ever backup their files. This is a mistake that you cannot afford to make, so start with this.

2. Check Your Components Are Working as Intended

You should take a look at resource usage in your server’s control panel. How much of the server’s RAM is being used? What about its CPU?

If these components are straining under the workload, you may want to consider upgrading them. If the workload hasn’t changed but more resources are being used, you should check to see whether any of the parts are faulty.

3. Update Your Server’s Software

If there is an update to your control panel’s software, you will need to install this manually. Once this is updated, you can update any applications that you have installed on the server.

This is of the utmost importance. Patch management is vital to stopping malware in its tracks. If your server isn’t up to date, it’s far more likely to get infected with malware than one that is fully updated.

4. Check Your Hardware

It’s worth taking a look at your hardware to see if you can spot any issues, even if resource usage is normal. Take a look at your server’s logs and make sure that the hardware is working as intended and that there are no errors.

You should also clean your hardware to keep dust to a minimum.

5. Change Your Password

It’s worth changing your admin password regularly. You may think that you are the only person who knows your password, but there’s no way to be sure, so change it whenever you conduct maintenance.

Server Maintenance: Solved

We hope you enjoyed this quick guide to server maintenance. Keeping your servers running at their best is vital for your business, so it’s a task that you can’t neglect.

If you’re interested in taking a simpler approach to managing your files, why not consider migrating to the cloud? We’d be happy to help make the move as soon as possible. For more information, contact us today!

Pegasus Technologies is the IT Team for organizations that don’t need a full-time IT department. Our technology experts build you a technology plan to keep your business running at its best. We have offices in Kennett Square, PA, Media, PA, and Wayne, PA to provide better computer support and IT services to you.

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Nathanael Walker
nwalker@pegtec.com

Nate is a Technical Account Manager at Pegasus Technologies. Nate started his career in Information Technology as a help desk intern and has grown into his role at Pegasus managing clients as their IT manager.