There are few tasks we all must do to be productive on computer systems with checks in place to make sure everything is working well. These tasks are not complicated yet simple to be completed by anyone with responsibility of maintaining IT. Most of these tasks can be performed on a schedule to keep everything in check.
Optimization: Running optimization means to keep give your computer a breathing space, not running programs which are not required day to day, clearing up memory, running memory checks and defragmentation. If you have ever wondered why computer become slow or sluggish over a time is because of these factors. As we use computers on daily basis it performs a lot of tasks, adding new programs which start up by themselves as we switch on the computer, collect files and information as we visit websites or open attachments or any information on the computer. Keeping a regular checks on these systems makes sure the computer is optimised for best performance on a daily basis as any user working on them finds a little easier and lot more happier.
Backup Checks: Depending on the system either backing up information or the complete system, it is not enough to leave it without checks. A regular check should be performed from time to time making sure it is accessible and will run when required. Daily monitoring of such systems is necessary so the backups don’t fail without knowledge of the administrator. Backup can fail due to reasons such as space full where you are taking the backup, connectivity, software errors or other reasons. keeping a check makes sure issues can be fixed proactively. Backup checks should be a major part of any DR plan you have implemented for your organization for recovery or retrieval of information and systems both.
Check Startup items: With optimization keeping a check on startup items on systems helps in not only making the system run faster on reboot or startup, to also helps administrators keep a check on new programs added or any application which might be added or got added. Being aware of programs running on the machine just helps security up keep and systems quicker performance. Startup items are easy to check and if you know your system can be done pretty quick running Microsoft configuration utility and with newer systems available under task manager.
Run Regular Scans: System scans help keep up security checks for file systems, making sure your scan software gets updates regularly for newly discovered issues and is up to date, while running quick scans on a daily basis and full scans on a scheduled weekly. With scans run automated having them centralized helps administrators to know any issues or missed updates to rectify proactively.
Security Updates: Most application have an update cycle for bugs or feature updates as they find new ways to secure there application, increase performance, fix known bugs or other issues or upgrades. keeping a check on updates for all and applying them makes systems more secure and helps keeping users productive. Regular updates are necessary to keep up with the pace of changing world around us when it comes to computers, not having updated system just makes them vulnerable. With automated updates available for most application and operating system, manual check is required to make sure you have them updated and has not failed due to any other issues.
Third Party Application Check: With security and application update, any program you install on your system from a new browser or basics to running other application such as Java or adobe plugins need updates too. These applications for business can be specified as profiled for use, as systems work on basics depending on choose systems business has chosen to run on and does not change as often as you would find making changes on your home computer.
Check Local Accounts: With centralized systems using active directory for user accounts, local accounts of computers and administrative rights need a quick review every once in a while, as to make sure you have the correct permission for the using the computer as well as any other accounts which can access computer resources. Within your network every individual computer has its own local accounts, centralization just binds them together, while local account are necessary as it might be required for logging on locally for any changes, recovery purposes or even rebuilding the computer.
With all the basics covered for computer with above 7 tasks you can be rest assured you have productive computers and a happier team working on those systems with less frustrations. while each business is unique, customizing to your own preference can make it more effective and everything you care about.
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