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When it comes to servers, i don't know how they work

But we have a system at work that consist of two PC, and then the server.

The one PC is just to view the shipping and receiving reports, while the other one does the shipping and receiving, and can also view everything.

I came into work this morning and the server was "off" no one shut it down. and my inventory was "closed". it could not be opened, so i had to restore it to the closest back-up point. which, meant i lost 5 hours of data.

The guy who built this all said he has it back up every 4 hours or so, and that when it does back up, it slows down the system.
Software is: Filemaker Server

I don't know where i am going with this thread other than is it time to replace this server?
Edited by Power_Man - 3/12/11 at 6:39am
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Upgrade the OS would be my best bet - Windows 2008 R2 Server
    
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Assuming the hardware is 64-bit capable of course
    
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If your server was off and no one shut it down the first thing I would do is look at the PSU and how dusty it may or may not be etc. The second thing is how hot it may be getting inside the chassis (perhaps the thermal limit was reached).

Kind of hard to say if it's time to replace the server. If it's "good enough" and not connected to the Internet in any way then I would replace the PSU and see if you can limp it along a little while longer. Of course depending on the demands of this server and I'm assuming the hardware is at least as old as server 2000 there are sub-$40 semprons that will be much, much more powerful than what you have so an entire new machine would be relatively inexpensive.
 
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Sounds like the thermal limit was reached. Last summer the two AC units breaker flipped in the server room where I work and by the time we got in, in the morning the room was up to 130degrees. Needless to say every system in that room was knocked offline from the heat.
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If the hardware is failing then yes, it would be a good idea to replace it. Sounds like the server is mainly a file server hosting a database? Any idea how old this pc is? I would definately check the hard drives and psu. If the server is using a cheap psu (server sounds like its a white box) its possible the psu is failing.

Krogoth, there is nothing wrong with server 2000, especially if its meeting his needs.
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Agreeing with SniperXX....
If Win2k is working for you, don't touch it....
Don't really see the need for Win2k8 R2 when hosting a database...
And Windows 2000 doesn't have a time limit causing it to shutdown after 12 years of use..
As well as checking the hardware, check for recent updates to OS (or virus)
Do you use this server for anything else? (Storage of some sort?)
Is there a antivirus program on it?

CHECK HARDWARE FIRST. 90% OF THE TIMES, THIS IS THE PROBLEM FOR STANDALONE HEADLESS SERVERS

Don't know if you have a KB/MS & screen hooked up to this all the time?
But maybe someone has been using it?
    
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Originally Posted by SniperXX View Post
If the hardware is failing then yes, it would be a good idea to replace it. Sounds like the server is mainly a file server hosting a database? Any idea how old this pc is? I would definately check the hard drives and psu. If the server is using a cheap psu (server sounds like its a white box) its possible the psu is failing.

Krogoth, there is nothing wrong with server 2000, especially if its meeting his needs.
yes, i do believe that would be the type of server it is.
It is 3-4 year old.
i will ask the IT guy about a new HDD and new PSU when he comes in to set up new back up external HDD.
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Originally Posted by gizmoronimo
gizmoronimo

Agreeing with SniperXX....
If Win2k is working for you, don't touch it....
Don't really see the need for Win2k8 R2 when hosting a database...
And Windows 2000 doesn't have a time limit causing it to shutdown after 12 years of use..
As well as checking the hardware, check for recent updates to OS (or virus)
Do you use this server for anything else? (Storage of some sort?)
Is there a antivirus program on it?

CHECK HARDWARE FIRST. 90% OF THE TIMES, THIS IS THE PROBLEM FOR STANDALONE HEADLESS SERVERS

Don't know if you have a KB/MS & screen hooked up to this all the time?
But maybe someone has been using it?
KB/MS?

No anti-virus, but no one goes on the net with it, or any of the other PC's anymore. Also no one updates it anymore.

Thanks for setting my mind at easy with the W2K thing.
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Remember people can bring in virii on USB thumb drives and CDs. I mean off the net doesn't necessarily mean virus-proof right?
 
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