[ExchangeList] Re: Off Topic: Windows Server Reboot Policies

  • From: "Michael B. Smith" <michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 16:28:27 -0400

In the "old days" (I'm talking Windows 2000 RTM), weekly reboots made sense.
Since Windows 2000 SP1 - heck no. Unless you have an identified application
that is leaking memory - I wouldn't reboot except to install MSFT patches,
once per month.


What does it hurt? Reboot puts added stress on disks (moreso than normal)
and it causes user downtime - never a good thing).




Michael B. Smith

MCSE/Exchange MVP



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[mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rick Boza
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 2:12 PM
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Subject: [ExchangeList] Off Topic: Windows Server Reboot Policies


Hey Folks,

Working with a client that is trying to establish a reboot policy for their
Windows systems, and the direction another group has suggested is a reboot
every week on Sunday nights.

In my experience, this is way overkill - I suggested if they felt a
scheduled reboot was needed, that for the most part monthly or quarterly
would be perfectly acceptable.

The caveat here is that this is O/S and application dependent - if there are
apps that are 'leaky' that should be evaluated and the reboot schedule
modified to fit the app, but generally that a weekly reboot is unnecessary.
In some cases they are still running Win2K and those servers probably need
to reboot and cleanup more often than the Win2K3 servers.

The response was 'what does it hurt' and the answer is nothing, I guess, but
it feels like an awful lot of effort that is probably not necessary.

If you have thoughts and/or suggestions, or feedback as to what your policy
is, I'd love to hear it.



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