The first step in determining the cause of a problem with the server is to gather information from the service call paperwork or the onsite personnel. Follow these general guidelines when you begin troubleshooting.
Events that occurred prior to the failure
Whether any hardware or software was modified or installed
Whether the server was recently installed or moved
How long the server exhibited symptoms
The duration or frequency of the problem
If possible, make one change at a time in order to isolate potential problems. In this way, you can maintain a controlled environment and reduce the scope of troubleshooting.