Being proactive prevents failures! That proves right when it comes to your servers and its support. To make most out of your server and ensure the hassle free functioning of your business a daily/weekly/monthly check on your servers is necessary. Server maintenance prevents problems and ensures the smooth operation of the systems in place.
Make time for these simple checks on your servers and use our server management solutions. Our proactive support services ensure 24/7 round the clock services to make sure that your servers are running at peak efficiency and that no problems are developing. If you are managing your server here is the 10 point server maintenance checklist that can help you do the task efficiently.
Your Server Maintenance Checklist
- Backups: It’s a must to ensure that your backups and restores have been configured and confirm that they are confirmed to be working. Test on some data for your critical data to provide the recoveries is smooth to you. The backup location is the another major concern that requires your attention.
- Security: We recommend that at least once in a month you should check your server security. Risk mitigation can be ensured by testing the OS updates, system configuration and any other potential hazard elements that may creep in and affects your systems. Several tools like Third party server security auditing can be fruitful like CSF(ConfigServer Security & Firewall), CXS(ConfigServer eXploit Scanner ). Change your passwords at a regular interval of 4-6 months is also a good practice.
- Server Utilization: You need to check the RAM, network usages along with the hard disk and CPU efficiently. Test the limits allotted to you by your hosting provider so analyze whether you require server upgrades or the new service provider. Many third-party tools can help you monitor your server performance.
- Operating System: You need to keep a check on whether the new updates have are installed or not. Updates for Linux systems are released very frequently. An automated patch management tool can help you manage these update with an alert when a system is out of date. Systems are prone to hackers where the if you skip, and security update so make sure either to automate the updates or if you are doing it manually maintain a schedule.
- Control Panel: Control panel updates need to be at the regular intervals. Not only updating the control panel but upgrading the software that controls panel use is also important. For example. Only updating the control panel does not also update the basic Apache and PHP versions used by your OS.
- Hardware Errors: Overheating notices, network failure, disk read errors can be the indicators of serving the potential hardware failure. Asking your hosting provider the audits of the equipment can help you have a look at the operating conditions of the server device. You can even plan your datacenter visit, if possible, to understand the operating conditions and working, if it’s critical for you.
- Check Disk Usage: Data is crucial for every business units. If your disk usage is exceeding 90% of disk capacity that alerts you either to scrape out old logs, emails and software versions. As the capacity reaches 100%, your server may stop responding; database tables can corrupt, and you will lose data.
- Check application updates: Web applications account for more than 95% of all security breaches we investigate. Be sure to update your web applications, especially popular programs like WordPress.
- Monitor RAID controllers: Monitoring RAID controllers status is an important task for the server checklist. Roughly RAID fails in about 1% of servers per year though it seems so small still this chance can turn to server disaster.
- Miscellaneous: Checking remote management tools are important if your server is co-located, reviewing multiple accounts, logs, scans, testing server reliability are few other tasks that can be accompanied with the above checkpoints.
We recommend to follow the preventive server maintenance regime and to reduce the risk of making your server invulnerable. It’s better late than never; your business relies on your server, or if you are leveraging the services of the hosting provider, these are the must checkpoints you need to gauge on for outperforming your business operations. We recommend to automate your server maintenance and if not possible, maintain a schedule for manual server maintenance.
Here at IBEE Hosting, we manage the server maintenance schedule on Daily, Weekly, Monthly basis along with frequent audits to make sure to deliver uninterrupted services to our clients. We value their businesses dependability on us and to make them function and flourish. Our team focuses on proactively fixing the issues rather than worrying about maintenance. With this, it allows us to respond to the issues fastly and efficiently. You can Contact for more details at https://www.ibeehosting.com/contact-us.html