Best practices

Establish guidelines for usage of specific reason options 

You should apply the reasons provided in the Shutdown Event Tracker dialog box consistently to get the most benefit from using those reasons. If you are a system administrator, it is recommended that you establish and communicate specific guidelines for using each reason. You should also provide guidance on what additional information should be supplied in the Comment box.

You might want to establish guidelines such as those provided in the following example:

If during routine maintenance, new hardware and software are added to a computer, use the reason Hardware:Maintenance (Planned). Always supply the name of the new software in the Shutdown Event Tracker Comment box.

Establish standards for information to include in the Shutdown Event Tracker Comment box 

If you are a system administrator, you should establish and communicate specific guidelines for entering information into the Shutdown Event Tracker Comment box. You should include guidelines that specify when users should provide information, what information they should provide, and what form that information should take.

Regularly review Shutdown Event Tracker data 

In order to identify commonalties and trends in computer shutdowns, review the shutdown data in the event log on a regular basis. Although the shutdown reasons alone might not be enough for you to identify underlying system problems, the reasons can provide insight into potential configuration changes that should be made or other problems that should be addressed. For more information, see To review Shutdown Event Tracker data 

For general information about Shutdown Event Tracker, see Shutdown Event Tracker overview For information on using Shutdown Event Tracker for user-initiated shutdowns, see Using Shutdown Event Tracker for user-initiated shutdowns



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