Having a great IT infrastructure do not guarantee system security along with optimum performance. Constant Server maintenance is very much required to keep it running seamlessly.
Server management is about having control or access to a physical, virtual or application server in order to perform different types of administrative or maintenance operations. Server management also involves server monitoring and visibility into how a given server is operating to help improve and optimize performance.
Fundamentals of Server Management
Regardless of the type of server that is being managed, there are a number of basic fundamentals.
In order to manage a server, a server management tool, server management service or server management software needs to be able to access the server it is trying to manage.
Updates or Patching
Among the most basic server management functions is the ability to help start and install operating system, software or firmware updates.
Some server management tools and services will also provide optimization capabilities to improve server efficiency and overall operations.
A more advanced feature is some cases is capacity planning which provides a forecast of server utilization, helping administrators to plan for when additional resources will be required.
Alerting / Reporting
The ability to alert an administrator, via email, SMS, slack, phone call or some other messaging system to different errors and incidents is another helpful component of server management.
The ability to setup new software, add-ons or functionality is often a core feature of server management.Monitoring. Providing the capability to monitor different types of servers for status, performance and anomaly detection