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By StevoC ·
Does anyone know if Microsoft has a recommended schedule for rebooting NT 4.0 servers periodically? Does anyone out there have recommendations on rebooting and justifications to why I would reboot my NT servers periodically (maybe quarterly or bi-annually, etc.) Does a Novell Netware server need to be rebooted periodically? Why or why not?

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by lowkey In reply to NT Server reboots

I don't know about Netware, but I do have considerable experience with NT on smaller single processor x86 servers. I like to schedule my NT boxes to reboot at least once a month. For servers that recieve heavier usage, I reboot once a week.

I reboot NT because I find that without a reboot it does a poor job of cleaning up temp files and swap space and just seems to run slower and slower until it eventually crashes.

Additionally, I find that if I wait for extended periods between reboots, then the reboot cycle will take 20-30 minutes. By rebooting once a month, it seems to take 5-10 minutes.

Anyway, just my $0.02.

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by egarlepp In reply to NT Server reboots

microsoft will probably say why do you need to reboot servers. But depending on the applications you have running, especially any memory resident programs like ones that run in the tray, will sometimes cause memory leaks to happen and your system will slow down after some time. Especially site server where about every three to four weeks a server should be rebooted. Check the memory threads in the task monitor to see your systems status. I suggest rebooting any nt server because it cleans up the cache, temps and memory and your system and users will thank you.
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by McKayTech In reply to NT Server reboots

Microsoft does not, to the best of my knowledge, recommend an interval for re-boots. Given their current push to get into the corporate data centers, you can probably infer that it wouldn't be wise to admit that your servers have to be re-booted every 7 days in an environment where availability is king.

We seldom see our NT servers run past 30 days without developing some problems and several particular configurations seem to require weekly reboots to remain stable.

My experience with Novell 3.11/3.12 was similar to NT but I have 4.11 servers that have remained stable for well over a year without a reboot.

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by mwb In reply to NT Server reboots

In my opinion memory leakage is the number one reason one has to reboot an NT server. One of the best things you can do is search the MS knowledgebase for "memory leak winnt" and see the flood of known problem processes. My personal favorite was one regarding the logon process. It basically recommended rebooting periodically as a workaround. Once a month is a good standard number. If you don't touch the console and have all known service packs and hotfixes, then two months will work. If you keep up with all the security patches you will probably be forced to reboot once a month!

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