Three of the Best Practices for Running Windows Servers
As you probably know, the only way to succeed in the modern world of business is to get connected to the worldwide web. The number one way to do that? According to Entrepreneur, most businesses choose to use server racks and cabinets using the Windows Server operating system. It’s no real secret why Microsoft’s server software is so popular. It’s thought of as simple enough for a complete layman to use, while being powerful enough for IT professionals to do whatever they need to with it.
The popularity of Windows Server has ensured that it’s always well engineered and kept up to date, but it’s also painted a target on any business that chooses to run its server racks and cabinets. Between these cyber security concerns and the more general concerns that come with running an onsite server room, there is a lot to keep in mind when trying to run Windows-based servers. Don’t worry, though; we’re here to help.
How to Keep Your Windows-Based Server Racks and Cabinets Running Safe and Secure
- Only Run What You Need
- Separate Your Servers from Your Other Technology
- Make Air Conditioning and Fire Suppression a Priority
For PC World, making sure you’re not running any more server racks and cabinets than you need is a great way to tighten your security. Do you really need to run an FTP program and server wide messaging program along with your server? Every extra program or component you run is another place a hacker can hit you. Shrink the target zone by eliminating extraneous software and hardware.
One of the biggest mistakes the IT experts at the University of California-Davis see is putting server racks and cabinets together with peripheral technology in the same room. As a general rule, your clean room should only be for your servers. Housing work computers, printers, scanners, and the like in the same room is only going to make a mess. Printers are particularly dangerous, as loose paper can make for a real fire hazard.
If you were to type “server room fire” into Google right now, you’d find a seemingly endless list of stories talking about businesses that were completely wiped out by a server room fire. To avoid your own catastrophe, make air conditioning and fire suppression technology a priority. Install a high powered air conditioning system that can keep your servers in that sweet spot between 65 and 75-degrees. That should keep most components cool enough to avoid any issues. That doesn’t mean you should stop there. Installing a gas-based suppression system will ensure that if a fire does start, it’s put out before it takes down your company.
Does your business rely on Windows-powered server rack enclosures? What is some of the advice you’d give others looking to protect their server rack cabinets? Let us know in the comments below. To learn more, read this.