Is troubleshooting easy or difficult? When we do troubleshooting, we are trying to determine why something is not working as intended. Often the troubleshooting is unexpected. Many writers on the topic of troubleshooting provide the scientific method as the solution to problems. The flowchart is simple.
Unfortunately, this solution is not very satisfying. Many people follow these steps instinctively as a common sense approach to solving problems. Internet Genealogy
Computer network troubleshooting is unique because of the extensive number of complex components. Because of this difficulty, we need a more detailed and instructive approach to troubleshooting.
The following flowchart shows the basic approach presented in this book. The main idea is to divide the big problem into smaller problems until a solution is discovered. Many of the steps may not be understood at this time, but will be explained in the appropriate chapter.
What is the worst job in the world?
Windows troubleshooting is not the worst job in the world, but it is challenging! What makes it so difficult is that there are so many components. Windows 2000 is said to have more than 40 million lines of code. If something goes wrong, then where is the fault? What makes it worst is that this operating system runs on hundreds of different types of computer, different types of components, cables, hubs, switches, routers, firewalls, network printers, SAN Storage Area Networks, and other components. We not only have Windows Servers, but Windows clients; Windows Professional, NT Workstation, Windows 95, 98, ME, maybe even Windows for Workgroups and DOS. We might even have Linux, Unix, RISC workstation, minicomputers, and mainframes. Potentially, thousands of different application programs run in this environment.
Every network is unique. No one in the world manages a network like yours. Even if the equipment is the same, the people, our customers, make it different. Don't be discouraged, a methodical approach can solve all system problems. You know the solution, it just hasn't been revealed to you yet. This book will help you to develop such an approach and it will teach you about the many troubleshooting tools available in Windows.
Troubleshooting and Optimization
Troubleshooting can be divided into two categories;
What do you need to understand to troubleshoot Windows?
In this book we will cover each of the following major topics.
This document has information on the important software tools used to troubleshoot Windows in a networked environment. In addition to the tools, there is background information on the key resources that must be investigated;
In Windows troubleshooting, we need to focus on;
Gradual growth usually leads to system overload. You need to monitor your system to avoid problems. Your main monitoring tool is the System Monitor.
It could be worse!
Troubleshooting the current Windows environment is easier that troubleshooting older operating system. Windows has many automatic features that eliminates some of the traditional troubleshooting hot spots.