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07-19-2010, 02:37 PM   #1
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Maintenance Cycles

On the systems I administer, I try to setup maintenance cycles. I document a list of things I need to do and perform them during the slowest traffic time I can find. Here is an example list:
  1. Repair/optimize database tables
  2. Audit backup operations
  3. Install any updates
  4. Restart services and sometimes reboot servers
  5. Check error logs for anything unusual
  6. Check file system state
I make sure I have this list open during each maintenance event and modify it as needed.

This has helped ensure stable operations of the systems I administer. I find that I can catch many issues before they affect the client. For example, I see a drive filling up from normal use long before it becomes full. I normally try to schedule this in weekly and/or monthly cycles.
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