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Don’t Complicate Windows Administration When You Have the Option to Keep It Simple (Part 1)

Level 7

As IT administrators, we know the pain of addressing issues from the weird to the wildest kind. There are so many tasks that we do each day that focus more on support, installation, password recovery, configuration adjustments and the like, whereas there are other key IT management and troubleshooting concerns such as remediating network issues, providing workarounds for errors and system anomalies, and resolving problems that affect end-users and the business.

A simple solution to this could be finding the right way to channelize the IT administrator’s time more towards business-critical IT problems while having other support and administrative tasks taken care of smartly and quickly. Juggling all these together will only result in none of them being addressed properly.

The best bet is to find the right means of execution to deal with system administration tasks. Here are some key pointers for IT admins to take note of to optimize their time and efforts for effective Windows server administration.

5 Key Tips to Simplified Windows Server Administration

For starters, Windows Event Viewer can be a simple and useful functionality to monitor all that is happening on your Windows PC. You can obtain lots of information about the hardware and software problems, and monitor Windows security events. Getting a good grip on managing these event logs will further help IT admins.

    1. Restarting Windows services can be cumbersome if multiple users face services crashing down. You can use the Services utility offered in your Windows server to quickly Start, Stop, Pause, Resume, or Restart your Windows services.
    2. Ever faced with restarting crashed remote Windows systems? You can use the Remote Shutdown Dialog tool available in your Windows OS to restart or shutdown a remote computer. Type “shutdown -i” in the Run command to open Remote Shutdown Dialog
    3. When connecting to end-user computer with multiple monitors, you can use the Remote Desktop Connection client in the Spanning Mode. Type “mstsc /span” in the Run command to open the RDC client in Spanning Mode
    4. Use Windows Performance Monitor to examine how programs running on Windows impact computer performance, both in real time and by analyzing log data. Performance Monitor uses
        • Performance Counters that measure system state/activity
        • Event Trace Data that are components of the OS or individual apps reporting actions or events
        • Configuration Information from Windows registry

Try to leverage Open Source free tools, and third-party administration tools that could help you quickly and effectively troubleshoot issues especially when having to do it remotely.

More to come in the next blog where we’ll talk about Rendering Effective End-User Support…

Let us hear what other tips and best practices you have towards simplified Windows server administration. Feel free to share your experiences with the community!

1 Comment
Level 15

Thanks for the tips!