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Xserve Early 2009 Crashing

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Aug 29, 2013 1:41 PM

Hi Everyone


I have a Early 2009 Xserve running 10.8.4 server which is intermittantly crashing. What usually happens is the machine grinds to a halt and services stop working, access with ARD and SSH stop and even the GUI on the machine is unusable as the whole machine is running slow.


I noticed that last time is did this that the processor and ethernet lights on the front of the machine were all off even though the machine was clearly running.


I have taken screenshot of the console the last two times it has done this.



(default pager): [Kernal]: ps_allocate_cluster - send HI_WAT_ALERT

macx_swapon FAILED - 12 ( [42881] ) Exited: Killed: 9



Is there anyone else who is running Xserves with 10.8 Server having similar issues?




  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,100 points)
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    Aug 29, 2013 2:35 PM (in response to St Margaret\'s College)



    I've access to a number of XServes running 10.8 and not seen the problem. I've seen the same and similar problems on other hardware and its usually a hard drive issue.


    An idea of the drive configuration and quantity might help? For example is their a RAID card installed? If not are all the drive bays full? Is there a mixed make and capacity of drives? Are the drives configured as a software RAID? Anything attached externally? Tape drive etc?


    Without any further details it's difficult to offer anything further.





  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,100 points)
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    Aug 30, 2013 3:59 AM (in response to St Margaret\'s College)



    RAID configuration is what? Have you checked the log in the RAID Utility? Do you have an external drive (firewire preferably) you can clone the current server OS to and boot from that instead? If you have the time and luxury to do the latter and run the server for a few days in that manner and the problem goes away then it's a problem with a drive or drives or a combination of the RAID card and drive or drives.






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