Data Centers

Tech Tip: Gather detailed information about your server

Keeping detailed documentation about your environment is an important part of disaster recovery as well as good operational strategy. With its new Help and Support Center, Windows Server 2003 makes gathering server information a breeze.

To begin, go to Start | Help And Support. To get detailed information about your system, click the Support button on the toolbar. You'll find a number of information-gathering options in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

My Computer Information offers four options:

  • View General System Information About This Computer: Get general system details, such as the model, Windows version, RAM, processor speed, system name, domain name, and disk information.
  • View The Status Of My System Hardware And Software: This option provides a number of lists. The first list displays all of the obsolete drivers. The second lists your system software, and the third list enumerates all of the hardware devices in your system. The next two lists show details about your hard disk and RAM, respectively.
  • Find Information About The Hardware Installed On This Computer: Obtain more details about the various hardware devices in your server.
  • View A List Of Microsoft Software Installed On This Computer: This option is self-explanatory.

Advanced System Information offers five options:

  • View Detailed System Information (Msinfo32.exe): This option launches the familiar Msinfo32.exe program, which is useful for gathering system information.
  • View Running Services: Get a list of system services as well as current status and startup options.
  • View Group Policy Settings Applied: This option displays a snapshot of the results of the current group policies applied to the machine and the logged in user.
  • View The Error Log: This option is self-explanatory.
  • View Information For Another Computer: This option lets you specify another system to gather information about.

The System Configuration Utility option allows you to modify the startup parameters for the system, which can also be useful for troubleshooting.

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