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3. System State Analysis

It is worthwhile to have tools to analyze system state to help report problems, whether with hardware, security, or configuration in general.

This is helpful even if the tool provides no ability to directly help fix a problem. For instance, S.M.A.R.T. has no ability to fix a failing disk drive. But if it at least makes you aware that the drive is failing, that may allow you to back things up and start looking to fix it before anything disastrous happens.

Note that the Multiplexing Configuration Managers tend to include state analysis tools...

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