Typical Maintenance for Office Computers and Network

Networks require little or no routine maintenance. The hardware components should be replaced every 4 to 5 years to help insure reliability and performance. Cables should be replaced if they show signs of physical damage.

Electrical switches should be replaced about every 3-5 years. All electrical items should have a “placed in service” date clearly noted on the device.

The battery in most UPS devices should be replaced every 3 to 5 years.

Typical maintenance for office computers includes very few details and should be done 1 or 2 times per year. Mostly you will want to clean out temp files, check for available drive space and check the computer’s event logs to make sure there are no obvious problems reported.

It is also a good idea to run virus scans weekly, and have a good anti-virus program on all computers. We recommend Symantec Endpoint Protection. It is also prudent to run spyware scans about 2 times per year or more often if problems show up.

Another maintenance item is to watch for the number of programs that want to perform updates. Updates are intended to solve problems and to maintain compatibility. But the truth is, if you don’t have a problem you don’t need to install updates. If you only install updates once a year or so you can more easily manage any problems stemming from doing updates.

About ever 2 years it is a good idea to have someone who knows what they are doing remove the cover of the computer and make sure the cooling fans are working properly and that there is not too much dust inside.

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