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By frec1 ·
I was reading somewhere where it's important to reboot your server once amonth or week, why do this. Are there any benefits in doing this? I don't see why? Not unless you want to recycle the voltage.

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by sdbytnar In reply to Rebooting servers

In most cases, one would not necessarily want to reboot a server on a regular basis. There are benefits however. Rebooting a server does clear up memory and processes that may not be needed anymore. Ultimately, rebooting a server comes down to personal preference. It also depends on how important server availability is.

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by eBob In reply to Rebooting servers

Some OSes, notably WinNT, have a habit of allowing memory to slowly fragment over time. This degrades performance, and can eventually crash certain services and applications. Some applicaitons and system services also have this behaviour.

Rebooting allows all of these elements to start with a clean slate.

Obviously, rebooting servers is something that must be carefully considered, and scheduled. If you're NOT in a 7x24 shop, then the service windows are obvious (outside of your regular working hours). If you are in a 7x24 shop, then you should already have scheduled service windows. These are typically in the middle of the night (tough to schedule when dealing with lots of time zones!), on the weekend. Use these to your advantage.

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