Way OT: How long does your box run for?

Hugo Silva klr at 6s-gaming.com
Fri Sep 3 13:24:36 PDT 2004

I've had a 4.8 server with 280 days uptime, then the motherboard burned :/

I try never to reboot my servers, only when critical security updates are
issued. The reason for this is I work with shell providers mostly, and the
uptime is a big factor for the clients.

But of course, if choosing to reboot & apply a patch or let the server
unpatched with a possible root vulnerability, I'll go for the reboot

> --On Friday, September 03, 2004 10:55:09 AM -0400 Bill Moran
> <wmoran at potentialtech.com> wrote:
>> Most of the servers I manage (which are all intended for 24/7 access)
>> see about 3 months between reboots.  That's an average.  Some servers
>> are more aggresively updated than others, and are rebooted more often.
>> The fun part (for me) is that this is all _scheduled_ downtime.  For
>> the potentialtech.com server (for example) has about 3 hours of
>> unscheduled downtime since Jan 1.  And that downtime is the result
>> of a failed UPS at the colo facility.  It has 0 unscheduled downtime
>> due to software issues.
> Well, if you're ruling out scheduled downtime, I have a box that's never
> been down since it was purchased four years ago.  :-)
> 'Course it started out as a RH 7.2 box, and now it's a FreeBSD 4.9 box,
> but
> it's never had a single minute of unscheduled downtime. :-)
> Paul Schmehl (pauls at utdallas.edu)
> Adjunct Information Security Officer
> The University of Texas at Dallas
> AVIEN Founding Member
> http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/security/
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