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    Tip - an easy way to reboot overnight - set a scheduled task to run say 4.00am to run shutdown.exe (found in system32 folder) but do shutdown.exe -r this restarts rather than shutting down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maark View Post
    Tip - an easy way to reboot overnight - set a scheduled task to run say 4.00am to run shutdown.exe (found in system32 folder) but do shutdown.exe -r this restarts rather than shutting down.
    Not saying don't ever do that but don't do that if it's critical that the machine is up and running again before you get to work in the morning (unless you start at 0430 :-))

    99 times out 100, the automated shutdown and reboot will work fine. The one time it doesn't work is when it really, really matters that the server is up and running first thing and that will also be the one day when your bus doesn't come, the alarm doesn't go off or whatever :-(

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    I've done that before to reboot one of the DC's and it just HUNG!!! remotely!!

    But rest of time works lovely!

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    Update and reboot at half term. No need to do it any other time, except very occasionally the SIMS server as requested by the LEA.
    If it was very urgent to reboot, I'd do the Apps and Print server during the day, would take a lot for me to reboot a DC during the day tho

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    Most servers is out of hours when required (updates/clearing errors, etc) The only current exceptions are the Citrix blades that reboot nightly to solve a stuck sessions issue we are having. Hopefully wont be doing this for much longer though!

    I would love to say we have a great uptime on ours but with the build project going on we are lucky to have half a year uptime, that and the wonders of Windows Updates

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    The servers here get a reboot every half term holidays.

    Linux servers, don't get a reboot unless we make some config changes and its necessary.

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    Ours reboot every Monday morning around 4am when my Ghost server takes an image of their C: drives for backup.

    I chose Monday morning so if anything did ever go wrong with the ghosting I could get in and fix it Monday morning with minimal down time for external File access and web services.


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