Hardware faults

Updated: October 4, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Hardware failures occur most frequently in moving mechanical parts, such as fans and disk drives. Hardware failures may not cause the system to fail immediately. A single, small hardware failure may often go undetected until it leads to more serious failures. For instance, a burned-out cooling fan can cause a processor to overheat, resulting in increased errors and reduced performance for a long time before the hardware component fails completely.

Using some common hardware fault tolerance techniques, you can often isolate and minimize the effects of small hardware failures:

  • RAID controllers

  • Multiple power supplies

  • Error correcting RAM

  • Hot-swappable disk drives

  • Multiple processors

  • Multiple network adapters

You can also configure Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to notify you of any detectable abnormal conditions in your hardware.

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