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    Unanswered: sql server reboots, really?

    does anybody still do this? why?

    there is an email going around about rebooting my cluster once a week and I have not setup weekly reboots on a sql server in years.

    I was doing this for a while when I had a crappy web app that did poor error handling and the crap would just build up on the stack and choke the machine to death eventually but that was many moons ago.
    “If one brings so much courage to this world the world has to kill them or break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Earnest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms.

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    We reboot once a month after OS patches... and the VM's get taken down each week for a VM file backup, but that's it.

    Why did the email say the cluster needs rebooted weekly?

    -D.
    David Maxwell
    Data Integrity? Yeah, I've heard of that...

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    that was my question. I asked why but the layoffs are happening right now and most of my team has taken the rest of the day off. No response yet.
    “If one brings so much courage to this world the world has to kill them or break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Earnest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms.

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    The kool-aid is your friend. The kool-aid loves you. You want to drink the kool-aid, don't you?

    I have to agree with Mr. Maxwell. We only reboot machines (clustered or otherwise) in response to the monthly patches.

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    I have servers that we restarted maybe annually. I thought scheduled restarts were a thing of the past, when memory leaks were rampant and the dreaded "blue screen of death" was a regularly accepted occurrence. Both software, especially OS, and hardware have become so much more stable than it was 7-8 (9, 10??)years ago. I'd be curious to know the reason behind the request.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrasymachus
    that was my question. I asked why but the layoffs are happening right now and most of my team has taken the rest of the day off. No response yet.

    Oh no you guys are dealing with Layoffs too?? good grief
    We only reboot after the patches

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrasymachus
    that was my question. I asked why but the layoffs are happening right now and most of my team has taken the rest of the day off. No response yet.
    Cuts where I am too, hedge funds are in the crapper.

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    We reboot servers for software installs and patches, and when patching a cluster we patch the inactive nodes first so that at most our users see a fail-over.

    -PatP

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