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NT/BDC Cleanup and Maintenance

By Arnold.Fazio2 ·
I have taken over the administration of the BDC located at our site and the disk space is in need of maintenance and defragmentation. Currently, a full backup is being dumped to a DAT tape nightly. I want to create a schedule of when backups, defragmentation and other procedures that should be done to keep the BDC functioning at its optimal performance level. Any suggestions or does anyone already have a schedule for what should be performed on a BDC and a timeline of the monthly maintenance? Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.

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by Arnold.Fazio2 In reply to NT/BDC Cleanup and Mainte ...

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by jsarinana In reply to NT/BDC Cleanup and Mainte ...

I run Diskeeper on my BDC and it works great with the smart scheduling option see: http://www.executive.com/diskeeper/diskeeper.asp

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by Arnold.Fazio2 In reply to NT/BDC Cleanup and Mainte ...

Unfortunately, I am not allowed to use Diskeeper at this site! :-(

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by curlergirl In reply to NT/BDC Cleanup and Mainte ...

Some of it depends upon what the BDC is doing, other than just being a BDC. Defrag of course requires 3rd party sw - Diskeeper is one of the best and allows you to schedule automatic defrags and also monitor the effectiveness of your schedule. It may take a few weeks to fine tune, but you can eventually get it pretty clean. If it's a heavily used machine, you might even just want to start out with defrag scheduled on a daily basis. Backups also should be done on a daily basis if the machineis used for any data/file server functions. I generally use a weekly full/daily differential backup schedule - I use a 3rd party software for that also, either Backup Exec (Veritas) or Arcserve (CA) - so that you can control tape retention times. Undelete is a tool that saves files residing on the server that are deleted from the workstations. If your machine is being used to store critical files that are frequently accessed by users, this can be a very useful tool. Both Undelete and Diskeeper are from Executive Software. All these cos. have web sites. Again if the machine is used fairly heavily, you want to schedule a reboot to run chkdisk on all drives - anywhere from once a week (really heavy use) to once a month. Obviously, since this requires a server reboot, it can be difficult to schedule, but doing it can definitely save your a** by making sure your file system doesn't get corrupted. Can't think of anything else of a general nature. Hope this helps!

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by Arnold.Fazio2 In reply to NT/BDC Cleanup and Mainte ...

However, I am not allowed to use Diskeeper at this site! :-(

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