how often to reboot Microsoft servers

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Hi all - Just curious what you all do on the server reboot front. How often do you reboot your network servers? Is there a difference for Domain controllers, Terminal servers and Exchange servers? What's your opinion? Thanks! Lirria

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Generally speaking, you don’t need to reboot unless there is a problem. I normally don’t reboot any of our Win2K, Exchange, or 2003 servers unless applying a fix or security update. Otherwise, the only time a reboot is necessary is to clear up a hung app, locked memory, etc. This is indicative of other problems though, such as a poorly written app or memory leak. I recommend fixing the problem instead of relying on a reboot as a temporary fix.

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  • Poppaman2
    All of ther servers I deal with are bounced at least every 30 days (Windows) after the application of any security patches issued that month, or if no applicable patches come through (?!?!?!), every 90 days. Depending upon the type of patch received for Linux/MacOS, the servers are restarted upon application of patch if required, or on the same 90 day schedule. Of course, I'm not in an environment where 24/7 server access is absolutely required; if necessary, I would be OK with a 180 day restart schedule, but anything more than that I have seen become problematic (servers not online after reboot; processes running which are hidden from the OS...). Case in point: Because of a requirement from upper management ("C" level), our Domino server(Win2K SP2 at the time) was up for about 270 days (9 months). After reboot, the server ran fine, the Domino server started and passed messages OK, allowed access to databases OK, etc., but if you looked at the OS logs or task manager, Domino was not running. Just my $0.02...
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