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Chapter 13: LAN Maintenance
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Documentation Document your LAN so that you have a record of equipment location and configuration. Documentation should include network maps, configuration information, and baseline performance data. You should be able to easily locate which switch port a particular network point corresponds to. Remember to remove the patch cable from the switch if a network point is no longer in use. You should be aware of which hardware device drivers are required for computers. Download and store device drivers somewhere safe, so that they are easily accessible when needed.
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Baselines Monitor server performance during normal working hours. What is the average processor usage? What is the average disk read/write activity? Monitor network performance during normal hours. What percentage of the network bandwidth is being used? What percentage of traffic on the network is broadcast frames as opposed to unicast frames? Keep these statistics and refer back to them regularly. If necessary, you can use historical trends ( for example: increasing use of network bandwidth over time ) as a convincing argument to management for new equipment purchases.
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