Best Practices

Over the past 13 years, Teryx has developed a list of “Best Practices” that we believe every organization should strive to implement in order to keep their network running properly. Although each organization has different budgets and technical needs, we find that all of our clients should have the same basic technical foundation to build on.

  • Firewalls
    • Provide the first layer of defense from threats outside the organization
    • Create the ability to manage site-to-site virtual private networks (VPNs) between offices
    • Manage and route incoming data including email, remote desktop connections, and other internet services
    • Offer content filtering to mitigate unauthorized web surfing
  • Microsoft Servers
    • Lead the industry in organizational networking
    • Provide centralized security, file sharing, and printing
    • Create client VPNs to protect data while being transmitted to offsite employees
    • Capable of being used for website hosting, which eliminates expensive web hosting service fees
  • Exchange Server
    • Provides centralized email, calendaring, contacts, and tasks for better collaboration
    • Provides full integration of SmartPhones and iPhones
    • Allows employees to be connected and have full access to their Outlook data from anywhere at any time in real time
  • Workstations
    • Windows Professional version must be used on server networks
    • Microsoft Office is recommended
    • Computers over 4 years old lead to decreased employee productivity and increased expenses (by requiring replacement parts and more technician time). Teryx recommends implementing a steady computer replacement cycle of every 3 to 4 years to ensure best performance.
  • Backups
    • Local backup infrastructure allows for quick data retrieval in cases of hardware failure
    • Off-site backups provide secure storage of critical data in cases of catastrophic system-wide failures or damage to the building/office
  • Email Filtering
    • Significantly reduces spam and email-borne viruses
    • Queuing service ensures that email is never lost or bounced back when the email server becomes unavailable
  • Additional Recommendations
    • All servers to be built with RAID hard drive configuration, creating hardware redundancy
    • All servers and workstations to be connected to battery backups

Although some recommendations are more critical than others, these “Best Practices” are all very important in creating a strong, effective, and stable infrastructure for every organization.