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Checklist for maintenance

By beth ·
Looking for a complete checlist that IT administrators can use to perform general maintenance on terminals in a network.

You know- Clean and remove dust inside and outside of tower cas. Check hard drive availabe space. Remove temp files. DefragHD.
That sort of stuff. Anyone have a good one?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Checklist for maintenance

hmmm.
here is your list with a few more items...
i would vac or **** out the inside whenever i had to get in there for another reason (not open the box routinely to do just that, unless it's years in between)...the inside power supply vents and processor fans get (gently)vac'd when you do, in addition to sucking out the loose dust... (electrostatic vacuum, naturally)look closely, smell, listen...
wear static grounding strap, have pc off, naturally...
routinely, you could vac outside power supply fan opening, floppy opening, cd-drive tray and check thatpower supply fan is working silently (stick your hand there to feel the breeze), vac keyboard and monitor vents...
whenever you are fooling around inside, when done , with cover replaced, reboot computer, test hard drives, cd-rom drives, printer etc etc (see if any cables got knocked off)
when inside, note available RAM and card slots. if you see any missing slot covers, replace them (the air flow cooling is engineered to work best with those slots covered)
keep all this and below info on maint history form attached to outside of box...other stuff:
delete temp files
delete temp internet files
scandisk (if errors, scandisk until no errors, keep eye on system, if (certain) errors continue, prepare to replace hd)
defrag
check for critical windows updates
check for current anti-virus defs
check for working firewall software (if applic)
above items do once a week say

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by beth In reply to Checklist for maintenance

O.K., But if you did not use a utility to remove temp files, which one whould you look for strictly manually?
is\e; ~ files, $$ files, etc.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Checklist for maintenance

backup registry/config.sys/autoexec.bat/windows ini files. make recovery disk (test it)... (depends on OS, which os's?).
write down OS version, service pack level, applications versions and sp levels, amounts of RAM, hd free space, processor type,speed, RAM type, hd models, model numbers of other hardware attached/installed: zip, cd burner, sound, printer, network card...modem (yikes)
reboot computer, watch startup for errors, strangeness...
whenever you do software or hardware upgrade, write it down on maint history card on pc with date...
ask user 'hows it going? any complaints?'
change passwords regularly. make them at least 7 characters long with combination of alpha and non-alpha and use at least one capital letter...
just 2 cents...most important is virus and windows updates and passwords, imho...

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by beth In reply to Checklist for maintenance

O.K., same question as the first answer raised.....what temp files would you look for to delete? ~ files, $$ files, Etc.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Checklist for maintenance

sigh. how about everything in %temp% folder. everything *.tmp, *.~mp, and like i said before, the temporary internet folders...

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by beth In reply to Checklist for maintenance

Looking for 'junk' outside of the temp internet folders.

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