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What is your longest server uptime?

Hi all! My name is Nick and I work as a Full Stack Engineer.
Part of my daily job is configuring and maintaining servers!

I work in a very hybrid environment, consisting of instances in the AWS Cloud, Oracle cloud (very interesting experience that I hope to share in another post) and dedicated servers in our own and remote datacenters.

Today I migrated a server running a LAMP stack to a new location, and was shocked at it's uptime. It may not be that much but for me is my current record! This server survived working on an average load of 91% for 437 days!

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So my question is, what is your longest server uptime? How did you achieve it?

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Dian Fay

SwiftOnSecurity on Twitter made the point ages ago that a year of uptime means that you've (hopefully!) applied a year's worth of patches, security fixes, and configuration changes but don't actually know if the system can come back up if+when it does reboot for any reason in your control or outside it. It's stuck with me.

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Nick

Very good point! I must confess this server had all mayor updates except the Kernell ones.

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Ben Sinclair

I don't know exactly but probably about a decade.

I worked for a while on recovering an application from a running server which hadn't ever been turned off and had "started making funny noises". I had to telnet to a SunOS box and grab the code and try to replicate functionality on a modern (well, modern for a few years ago) SUSE box. It wasn't just a case of updating the code, we weren't sure exactly how the system was supposed to work so I needed to run it in parallel on both systems to make sure my modifications weren't breaking functionality. That was fun :)

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Nick

That is some Sensei level stuff

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Nguyen Tan Vy

You should try kernelcare.com/ for kernel update without reboot.

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Nick

Awesome, will definitely check it out

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Mike

Where I work, we have a server that’s been up for 7 years, it’s a 32bit database server, not public, on its own vlan, it’s quite a beast - it’s officially EOL for us now, so we’re migrating it to our new 64 GB RAM, 8x2T server) (full disclosure: we’re our own data center)

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Nick

Wow 7 years? That is a lot!

Awesome server you are migrating to. Our SQLServer main server has similar specs but in a cloud provider.

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Nick Cinger

I'm working on retiring a server now that has an uptime of 1070 days, so about 3 years!

Was happy to see it past the 1000 day mark, ha!

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Nick

Awesome! 1000 days is a lot!

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Nick Cinger

Yeaaaaa, it's more of a thing to worry about, than a thing to brag about, as some have said haha.

That's not to say that nginx or mysql haven't "gone away" several times in the past 3 years :)

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Mike

My longest server uptime is 7 years, the box was a database server, internal only. It was taken to the trash today. All cloud means all fun.

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