Ah, the holidays. People are taking the last of their vacations, heading out of town, and juggling all the other obligations the holidays bring. While people are handling all their holiday tasks, it’s pretty common for things at the office to slow down a bit. This can be a great time to update and handle some of those network issues that have been nagging at you all year. And with fewer people in the office, you’ll hear less complaining about the little bit of downtime the server may need. Here’s a few things to consider as the end of the year approaches…
- Backup. Oh sure, the software says you got a good backup and it even says it’s been verified. But when was the last time you actually restored data from your backup? A test restore is never a bad idea.
- Tapes. Speaking of backup, tapes are still the most common backup media in use today. When was the last time you bought new tapes? Many tape manufacturers only guarantee their media for the first backup and although you’re not going to purchase new backup media after only one use, replacing them once a year is a good idea.
- Network diagram. Ah, the good ol’ network diagram. It’s completely accurate, right? For most networks that’s true – as long as the year is 2001. Pull it out, dust it off and update it. You’ll be surprised at all the changes you’ve made to the network this past year – changes that required your hard work. Those changes are certain to be recognized on your review, right?
- Software licensing. Yes, licensing is part of the job for IT professionals. But isn’t it someone else’s responsibility to organize it? I mean isn’t there an office clerk that does that type of thing? Hmmmm…if your office is like most – probably not. Take a few minutes (hours, days, etc.) to go through it. It really can come in handy when the managing partner actually realizes that software compliance is important.
So there you go. There are a million more end-of-year tasks you could do, but it’s been my experience that these are the ones that are forgotten most often. So when Bob from accounting asks why you’re rebooting the server now, just smile and be glad that Mike and Kelly and Mary aren’t asking you the same question.