Finding the Right Server, part II: A DesktopReview eGuide

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Now that you’ve chosen a server system, the next step is to install and customize it to fit your applications and users. Since the systems are designed to work with and manage networks, there are a number of key points to consider after the built-in setup wizard breezes through the initial installation and the computer is up and running.

First and foremost is user security.. Develop a clear-cut plan for user IDs, passwords, and access priorities, and establish a management strategy that both flexible and reliable enough to monitor the overall health of the server and network frequently. . The best safeguards not only protect against viruses, unauthorized access and improper use, but can automatically generate status reports and alerts that can be used for future planning and pro-active protective measures.

Storage is another area that is commonly overlooked, but it is critical to the success of any network structure. Since server systems allow users to collaborate and share information, you can quickly run out of storage space as mail systems become bloated and network traffic increases. The cost of internal and external storage decreases often, so it makes sense to “very buy” storage resources to prevent running out of space. 

Backup and disaster recovery are also important, since a server-based network is only good if it is up and running. One approach is to purchase redundant internal systems – like processors and I/O boards – when the server is first outfitted. However, you can also add additional ‘”slave” systems and storage units to your server as you need them. Duplicate hardware provides reliable backup and failsafe protection, and helps to speed access to files and data by splitting files and applications across a server group to eliminate bottlenecks and delays.

Read about these important points and more in Part 2 of our special eGuide: Making the Right Server Selection, sponsored by Dell and Microsoft.

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