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Best Practices for your Computer and Server

We have put together these videos or scenarios to give you a visual of how things work with your computer and your county server.

Best Practices for you and your computer

Log off Nightly – Instead of shutting down your computer each night, you should log off Monday through Thursday nights. This allows IT staff to run important tasks such as backup and updates. Watch Video to see how to log off.

Saving Documents and Files - There are many places to save documents on your EN computer and this variety of locations is nice, but it can also be confusing. It is important that you understand what storage options are available; what types of files are best stored in each location; and how, when and from where files stored in each location can be accessed. These videos will try to demonstrate each location.

  • Saving into My Documents –  Watch this video to see how to save a document into your My Documents folder and also how to take a document on your desktop and re-save it into your My Documents folder. Keep that Desktop clear of documents. 

These are various tasks or maintenance items that need to be performed on your EN computer.

  • Windows Update – You may receive a notification in the System Tray (lower right corner of your screen) related to Microsoft Updates. You should install these updates as soon as possible. Watch Video
  • Disk Cleanup – Over time files are left on your computer when you browse the Internet, your machine crashes, you install and uninstall programs and under various other circumstances. These files take up disk space and may slow down your computer. Running Disk Cleanup helps you delete unnecessary files, freeing storage space on your computer and keep it running efficiently. This video will show you this process for running Disk Cleanup in Windows XP. Watch Video

Best Practices for you and your County Server

Each county server has space that has been allocated as “shared” storage space. This space can be used to store files that need to be shared with others in the county office. From within your county’s share folder you can:

  • Open/read shared files and folders
  • Copy files from the folder to your Local Documents or My Documents folder
  • Create new folders
  • Copy files from your My Documents folder into a County Share folder

These videos will show you scenarios for using this shared storage space.

  • Accessing Group files on the server - Watch Video
  • At some time the server may become full or you may have the need to remove or archive files on the server. Watch Video
  • And, if you have a special folder on the server that needs special access permissions, please let us know, we can set that up for you. Watch Video

Requesting Help - When you have a question or comment, please complete the Help Request Submission form. Someone from AgIT will contact you.