Top 5 Server Maintenance Best Practices

June 9, 2017

Proper maintenance of server hardware ensures a longer life and decrease risk of problems. Without proper maintenance, the server will not run as smoothly and can often cause large issues that take more time and money to solve.

The following 5 server maintenance best practices will help you keep your server running smoothly.

1. Practice routine preventative maintenance:

This is the most important and easiest way of lengthening the reliability of the server. Servers work 24/7/365, accumulating a lot of heat and particles, which requires regular attention and maintenance. The best way to ensure no preventative maintenance is missed is to follow a predetermined maintenance schedule. Performing all preventative maintenance as scheduled will add to the life and functionality of your server.

2. Use management or monitoring tools to alert you:

It is essential to be notified promptly of any issues occurring with your server in real-time when administrating a critical server. Without adequate automated notifications, you will always wonder if your server is functioning normally. You can learn more about some of the different software options here on the ProfitBricks blog.

3. Critical software patch updates = Critical hardware firmware updates:

Don’t just patch your software programs, ensure that your hardware can accommodate the software patches by performing additional research and due diligence prior to patching to ensure compatibility. Contacting the manufacturer is a great way to get up to date and accurate information.

4. Ensure clean and ample power for your server:

Servers can kick up power use under high request loads. Don’t over-load your UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) where your server is getting its power. Ensure you have ample clean power with reserves for all of your servers at all times, planning a head for those time when power usage will be at it’s max.

5. Obtain reliable replacement parts for your server:

Review proven compatibility matrices for your server and its maintenance parts. Ensure that replacement parts meet all required specifications to work as compatible replacement units for hassle-free server computing. This will ensure that when there are problems, you always have the hardware you need to fix the problem quickly and accurately.