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    Restarting your Servers

    How often do you reboot your Servers?

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    Depends on RAM and if there is a failover.

    Generally,

    Windows > monthly
    Linux > yearly
    BSD > never?

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    Most of the time it's when a Windows Update is applied, so it's rebooted out of hours. So you're talking every 1 to 3 months generally speaking.

    There is no right or wrong answer here, it's simply a case of maintaining high availability to your users. The importance of rebooting, is (for example) the recent DNS vulnerability which did need a reboot for it to become 'active' and protect the network from DNS poisoning.

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    oooooooooooooooo

    I tend to reboot all my servers every half term.

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    Probably once every month or every half term

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    I have been requested to reboot every fortnight, is this a little excessive given the previous suggestions?
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    We only reboot servers out of hours when updates require it. Other than that ESX just manages everything beautifully.

    Every 2 weeks does sound excessive to me!

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    Depends on the configuration and software. If you have some software on there that leaks memory like bad printer drivers you may need to restart the server/spooler service every so often so that it does not grind to a halt when the NP Pool memory runs out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Depends on the configuration and software. If you have some software on there that leaks memory like bad printer drivers you may need to restart the server/spooler service every so often so that it does not grind to a halt when the NP Pool memory runs out.
    Ah now that sounds interesting, without wishing to divert the thread can you tell me more please?

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    Generally only when updates require it.

    I do have one site where the virtual memory runs out about once a month, so reboot that monthly until I can get the time to get the bottom of what it going on.

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    windows update and reboot every half term. that way if something bad happens we have time to fix it and not disrupt lessons for days.

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    I generally try and keep reboots to every half term. I very rarely end up rebooting them during term times but if I do have to I often do it via VPN at home. on the rare occasion the server fails to come back up again I just head into work 30 mins earlier than normal.

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    I only reboot the Linux servers if essential. Max uptime at the moment is 334days and it's not even on a UPS! Others are on 169d, 140d, 38d, and 99d. NM reboots the Windows ones every now and then - usually every 6-10 weeks.

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    Same for us in a way. We do not restart any machines during the working day. Should something need to be restarted in an emergency then thanks to ESX a server is usually back up within 5 mins.
    One of the benefits of virtualisation

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Depends on RAM and if there is a failover.

    Generally,

    Windows > monthly
    Linux > yearly
    BSD > never?
    BSD as in FreeBSD ? If so I agree !! - I am hoping to get it to two years.....
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