You can monitor your SharePoint farm using several performance thresholds. Monitoring trends and growth will help you plan scaling considerations and identify potential bottleneck issues.
For quick access to common directories on a SharePoint server, I like to add directory shortcuts to the Link area in Wndows Explorer. In this example, I share my PowerShell script for adding the links.
FAST 2010 can be tricky to configure. Here, I’ve scripted the configuration to simplify the process and control the database naming.