Why Systems Management is Important

Servers of all kinds do need looking after.  Over time, updates and changes occur which can affect the functioning of the system.  Even simple things, like free disk space and available RAM can diminish over time and left unchecked can cause the server to stop working.

As server complexity increases, data replicating around hte network, remote sites, automation, database exports etc – if left unchecked a minor glitch can have massive consequences.

Systems management can monitor the systems for you and tell you when problems occur.  Some systems we implement can actually give you possible remedial action.

Most companies can exist without a systems management solution, but they are much more at risk of downtime and unexpected and preventable issues.  As complexity increases, the need for instant visibility of system status increases.

What we can offer

We can implement monitoring systems suitable for all budgets, from fully fledged Microsoft SCCM and SCOM, to the more affordable Microsoft System Centre Essentials. 

There are also free and very cheap options more suitable to small and medium size companies, and indeed we have our own toolset of scripts to provide proactive systems monitoring.  Our own toolset is configurable to test almost every possible scenario if required.

We can provide network monitoring systems (from free) that will provide graphs and statistics on network usage (LAN, Server and Internet) – which provides information for simple diagnosis of problems.

All solutions will proactively send an eMail in case of problem, and some will integrate with SMS systems.

There are “free to get” solutions you can implement yourself if you wish. In some cases, in order to monitor a particular event you do you will need to write your own scripts and integrate it with the free system.

With us implementing for you, we will ensure everything is working and tuned for your environment and that we can give you a turn-key solution ready for you to use without having to figure out how it all works. 

Other Benefits

Depending on the system implemented, other benefits can be attained:

Systems management systems can help with remote control, remote inventory and simply remote visibility of distant systems.  The more complex systems (e.g. Microsoft System Centre range) can include software deployment and updates, and also “expert knowledge” that help resolve system problems.

We can also provide websites (internal or external) which give anyone authorised, including users, a simple view of the status of the network (e.g. green/red)

Some systems can have automatic resolution programmed in, such as restarting a failed service, or changing configuration if a server has failed.

Typical Project Duration

Project duration will vary depending on the complexity of the environment and the project requirements. 

  • Optional:  On-site demo
    On site demo of the simple, free, and small scale systems management systems
    Duration:  0.5-1 day (50% credited if full project undertaken afterwards)
  • Implement network monitor
    Implement a network monitor to provide a graph and statistics of all network segments, servers and WAN links.  (Managed or SNMP network devices needed)
    Duration:  1 day
  • Implement basic systems management solution
    Implement basic systems management, either own own system or the free/budget options.  Configure necessary alerting and monitoring characteristics
    Duration: 2 days
  • Implement Medium size Systems Management solution
    Implement Microsoft System Centre Essentials and configure monitoring as necessary
    Dutation:  3 days to install and set up; 2 days to tune out most alerts
  • Implement Enterprise size Systems Management solution
    Implement the full suite of Microsoft systems management systems – System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) and System Centre Operations Manager (SCOM)
    Duration:  Minimum of 5 days for basic install; 10+ days for setting up and tuning accordingly. 

A smaller scale systems management system may be able to share an existing  live server, depending on spec and number of users, though a dedicated systems management server is preferred (for all systems management roles).  Enterprise systems will require at least one and potentially more servers. 

Licenses may be requried for systems management tools, ranging from free for simple solutions, to £200 for cleverer systems, up to £1,000’s for the larger scale systems.