|I guess the start is your equipment.|
For ms might look here to start. http://www.practicallynetworked.com...
Second is by free that tends to mean linux.
Almost the most basic of floppy install's of linux could do that with basic networking and snmptrapd
"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10