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reboot server on a regular basis?

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DaiVernon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 28, 2011 5:18 AM

Would it be good practice to reboot OS Xserver (via energy saver prefs scheduling) on a regular basis ( say once a month,  over a weekend)?

Server would come back to the login window, but services would be available to clients on Monday morning?


... or just leave Xserve running till choosing to apply software updates, forcing a restart (this would be more inconvenient to active clients during the working week [Mon-Fri])...

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Macbooks, MacBook Pros, iMacs
  • John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,075 points)
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:18 AM (in response to DaiVernon)

    In the past it was often considered good practice to regularly reboot servers to improve reliability, however this probably dates back to Windows NT Server which was notorious about needing this.


    I personally, and I would expect most Mac OS X Server admins, now only reboot if there is an actual need such as wanting to install an upgrade or additional software needing a reboot. My servers otherwise are running for months at a time.


    If you do want to set up a regular auto-reboot, there is no built-in command to do this, but you could use Energy-Saver to set the server to shutdown at say 4am on a Sunday, and to turn on at 4:30am on Sunday.

  • Zlyx Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2011 12:57 PM (in response to DaiVernon)

    My experience is as John's.


    I schedule a daily sleep of the server in the early morning, but I only restart after a drive repair.  Both of these may be holdovers from when we first got the server some years ago.

  • Gerard Zasuwa Calculating status...
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    Aug 29, 2013 8:43 PM (in response to DaiVernon)

    I never reboot my servers unless I have a drive failure.  I monitor the system logs and this alerts me to something amiss.  My 4 servers have a typical uptime in excess of 500 days and still counting.  All is very stable unless there is a hardware issue. Running 10.7.5 OS X.  Who needs to work weekends?


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