Preparing Your Server for the New Year

2011 has come and gone, and your dedicated server has survived the year. While 2012 is still fresh, it is a good idea to make some plans for the new year. Think of them as your server’s own new year resolutions.

  1. Backup schedule – If your server was not already doing regular automated backups, now is the time to create a schedule for the year.
  2. Upgrades – Now might be a good time to consider hardware upgrades before things get too busy in the new year.
  3. System update schedule – Like backups, you should already have a schedule for regular updates, but if you do not, now is the time to establish one and plan to stick to it.
  4. Major changes – People expect major changes at the beginning of a new year anyway. If you are planning to implement changes that will affect your users or customers, prepare them now and implement them within the next couple of weeks.
  5. Purge the old – Start with a clean slate. Purge old caches, outdated logs, deactivated users, unused databases, and old package manager repository files.

The new year is a new start. Take a hard look at the past year, at your successes and failures. Learn to grow from the successes, and strive to prevent the failures from happening again. As you begin the new year, set goals for 2012, and make sure you have a plan to achieve those goals.