What is Server Monitoring & Why should I do it?

Server monitoring is an often overlooked, but very important, step in maintaining a healthy computer network.

Server monitoring is a series of checks that, when properly understood and actioned, allow you to minimise the risk of unexpected server failure.

These checks can be broken down in to two main groups: Daily Checks and Constant Checks.

Constant Checks

Disk Space Checks

This is a check to make sure your server’s hard drive has enough space to run properly. A server needs spare space in its hard drive. This is because when a Server accesses files it moves them around on the hard drive.

Much like when you are reordering a filing cabinet you place a file on the side to aid the search. If this check fails, you may need to take action by adding extra hard drive space, to allow the server to perform at peak efficiency.

Performance Monitoring Checks

This checks the usage of the processor and RAM.

If these components are being consistently run at 100% then they will need to be replaced by components better suited to the workload being placed upon them. Failure to do this will lead to a compromised experience, in terms of speed, for the users on the network.

Daily Checks

Anti-Virus Check

This checks to see that your Anti-Virus software is fully up to date. Running on an older version will leave your network vulnerable to viruses and ransomware.

Backup Check

Monitoring whether your daily backup has been completed successfully is key to an effective Disaster Recovery Plan.

If a backup has failed or was not completed this can leave you with no data in the event of ransomware or data loss.

Hacker Check

This is monitoring failed login attempts and other attacks on the network. Once aware of the attempted hack your IT support provider can block the access of the hacker, from even attempting to break into your network.

Critical Log & Events Log Check

Server’s keep a log of all the actions it performs. In the event of an error or failure, it will flag this up in the critical log for your IT support provider to action.

Pro-active monitoring of your server can help minimise the possibility of your server crashing and maximise your workers productivity.