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Improving Automatic Task Scheduling via a Managed Programs Model

Posted on Tue, Jan 3, 2012

IT services

Specialists who work for an IT company and come to take care of your infrastructure environment needs on a managed program basis often have detailed information about systems that can be highly useful in streamlining operations at your premises. 

The Case of Server Maintenance Cycles

Server maintenance cycles can provide a good case study in the power of a managed program approach.  Night is often a time when systems are less in demand and for this reason, system administrators may decide to schedule backup routines to run between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. each morning.  In principle, this is a sound approach to performing backups when demands on the system will be naturally low, but sometimes there is a catch: the server maintenance cycle.

An Exchange Server is usually set by default to perform certain automated tasks at this same time, since software manufacturers also try to take advantage of low-demand periods.  Therefore, at the same time the backup routine is running, the server will be performing such tasks as checking for deleted mailboxes in the active directory system, deleting messages that have expired, and defragmenting assorted databases. 

These operations are disk-intensive, and so are backup routines.  Having them running at the same time is possible, but not efficient; both operations will be slowed down.  A managed programs expert will be aware of such conflicts; he or she can schedule such tasks so they will not conflict with one another. 


Tags: Managed Programs, Data Backup, Servers

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