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By tacrain ·
Is it a good policy to have a routine maintenance program in place to keep the NT 4.0 servers updated on "critical updates" and scandisk or some type of defrag, eventho NTSF doesn't fragment?ha We have a nearsighted, nervous, defensive group in charge of the servers and they will not do anything to keep the servers in any sort of routine maintenance. Am I as full of it as they want the "Big Bosse's" to think when I suggested that we at least keep the critical updates current. Please send any info to tacrain@upslogistics.com. Thanks

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by VinnyD In reply to Routine Maintenance

On my NT servers we do routine maintenance once a month.

We schedule a shutdown, bring the server down and re-boot it. Just to free memory and clear any processes that were still running.

On boot up we check and delete any temp files and checkthe disk space on each partition.

We have found that that this keeps the servers running with fewer problems than not re-booting at all.

As far as the "critical updates", it is better not to do any of them unless you have a problem that an update or service pack will correct.

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by jfruits In reply to Routine Maintenance

Our routine maintenance schedule is also a once a month reboot of the servers. We usually take advantage of this time to check memory usage, disk space, Event Logs, tape backup logs, and SQL transaction logs. While we do all of this from time to time throughout the month, this gives us a day we know it is done (we are human, and sometimes we might go the entire month without checking some of the logs).

As far as scandisk (err..chkdsk on NT) and defrag go, we go without them. A lot of peoplehave told me that a defrag with DiskKeeper will help performance a lot, but I never saw it solve anything.

I usually look at the critical updates to find out what they are solving. I have been known to install some of them when they patch known security holes. However, for the most part I do not use them. If you do start using them, be sure to install them on a test server before using them in the production environment. They have been known to mess up some things previously working.

Goodluck

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by tacrain In reply to Routine Maintenance

Thanks guys, the info was helpful. I now have a better idea of what is normal in the server maintenance world. Thanks

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