Counting uptime of servers monthly

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Server uptime
Servers
Uptime
I recently put a question that asked if IT organizations track the uptime and down time of servers and Jim Teik responded, “In data center they do because they need to give report of system up time every end / beginning of the month.

I have four follow-on questions:

1. Is the uptime that is reported the uptime of the hardware or the operating system?

2. If I have a virtualized server that is running 10 instances of the operating system and the hardware runs exactly one month between reboots, do I log one month of uptime because the hardware was up for only one month, or do I log ten months of operating system uptime because each of the operating systems were rebooted?

3. In this monthly report to management do I also report the number of reboots that occurred each month so that management knows how many incidences occurred?

4. Is there existing software does all these counts?

ASKED: October 7, 2010  10:15 PM
UPDATED: October 8, 2010  4:40 PM

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