maintenance is keeping hardware and/or software systems in a healthy state by performing tasks such as updating, cleaning or replacing parts.

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How long can I expect an AWS EC2 system-reboot maintenance window to take? [closed]

We recently received notification of an impending system reboot event for one of our EC2 instances during a two hour maintenance window. Expecting max 5 minutes of downtime while the system and ...
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IIS maintenance with client IP exceptions

I'm have no experience with IIS server, but I will have to perform site update. Is there an easy way to put maintenance page, which will be shown to all clients except ones connected from predefined ...
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What is a reasonable maintenance schedule for Windows PCs?

I am in charge of maintaining around 25 PCs with various versions of Windows (Vista, 7, 8). I was thinking something along the following lines: Every 4–6 months: Take an image of the system ...
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How often should I scrub my RAID?

In general I would like to know how often a RAID array needs to be scrubbed. What contributes to the need to scrub more often (reading data?, writing data?, unexpected shutdowns?, drive age?, drive ...
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Advice: ideal hosting situation for a mid-sized company with lackluster IT? [closed]

I'm used to asking strictly technical questions, so I hope this "Dear Abby" style is appropriate. Potentially-Excessive Background I'm a web designer and developer, good at a lot of things and ...
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What regular server maintenance is recommended for Hyper-v server VM's [closed]

We have around 10 server instances (VM's) running on our Hyper-V box (mostly Windows Server 2008 R2) These do various tasks such as File server, Domain Controller, Web server, SQL Server etc. Is ...
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Updating software on Remote Desktop Services

We have Remote Desktop Services setup under Windows 2012 R2 in session mode, meaning we are not virtualizing machines. The software we are rolling out is our own, so we can make sure it plays nice in ...
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Ubuntu server: Delete first folder in directory

How can I grab the first subfolder in a directory and delete it? I found a script to monitor the free diskspace. It sends an alert email if space runs low, but I want to also delete some unneeded ...
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Stop server maintenance [closed]

I am ssh'ing into the remote CentOS server with Bash. I was trying to stop port 8080 and so I typed stop 8080 with "root" privileges. Now, the server is scheduled for maintenance in 8080 minutes as ...
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Does an ISInteg (with any switch) fix logical corruptions not otherwise possible with a move mailbox?

I was told that rather than doing an isinteg, I should move mailboxes to a brand new / clean database. The reason for this is that I would avoid a service outage for the affected users. I'd like to ...
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Nagios is sending notifications for hosts with scheduled downtime

I've got the whole Nagios configured, it's working for a while now with many many hosts and everything is OK, except the one thing I've discovered. When I schedule a downtime for a host, it's sending ...
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fsck and disk integrity checks for Linux systems that are rarely rebooted

Like most Linux systems, my systems rarely need to be rebooted ( if ever). How do you handle disk integrity checks and filesystem maintenance if you don't reboot? Do you schedule periodic reboots ...
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How to maintain servers without disconnecting clients? [closed]

I am designing/developing new messenger service (just like Yahoo, Gtalk messengers). So, my clients will be continuously connected to the servers. I like to know how such servers can be maintained ...
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Easiest way to migrate an entire server to a new machine by only having remote access to the machines?

That's a use case: you have two machines NEW and OLD, having root ssh access to both of them. Both of them are running the same distribution of Ubuntu. How can you transfer almost everything with ...
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How to reduce or shrink the MFT (Master File Table)?

I have a dedicated windows server 2003 with more than 3 millions of files, recently I created a new partition to separate the website files from the OS. Later I reduced the site of the OS with some ...
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Do I really need the PHP maxlifetime hourly cron job? [closed]

On my Debian Wheezy, every half-hour a cron job runs: find /var/lib/php5/ -depth -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -type f -ignore_readdir_race -cmin +$(/usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime) ! -execdir fuser -s {} ...
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Ubuntu maintenance general advice

I'm a developer by trade but I've been asked to maintain our Ubuntu servers and am in need of some general advice as I don't really have any experience in this area... Does apt-get upgrade only ...
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How Serviceable are Tape Drives?

I'm contemplating an auto-loading tape drive as part of a backup strategy. This would be my first experience with tape backup. The cost-effectiveness of tape drives seems to depend on the assumption ...
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Nginx: maintenance mode with “is a developer” check

It's much variants described in Internet how to display maintenance page with nginx. But I didn't find the solution to check if user is a developer and not to display maintenance page for developers. ...
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What is the ibdata1 file in my /var/lib/mysql directory?

Logging in to my Webmin control panel, I noticed that virtually all of my disk space is full. I searched for the ten largest files/ directories on my system and found that a file called ibdata1 is ...
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Tomcat behind Apache: redirect everything to maintenance except one

I need to redirect all requests to a maintenance page except a specific URL that could still give me the possibility to access the normal website. I googled but I did not find anything. Right now I ...
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What Data Center room routine maintenance tasks should be done?

Beyond the work done "inside" equipment (administration, programming, network config) there exists physical equipment and rooms. This physical room equipment needs care and feeding as well on a ...
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windows 7 - sql server 2012 - Maintenanace Cleanup Task

My Team Foundation Server creates backups. I want to clear backups that are older than 5 days. Create Maintenanace Cleanup Task in Maintenance Plans of Management of Sql Server 2012. Point there ...
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what can I do when the server refused to connect by ssh

I have a server running well before but today I can not ssh to it, it shows me: ssh: connect to host 10.0.0.117 port 22: Connection refused I guess something is wrong with it but I can not log onto ...
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Gentoo maintenance [make updating]

I have installed and adjusted Gentoo distro with GNOME-3.1. To achieve this installation I had to add many-many lines to package.accept_keywords. Now (after a couple of months) I've decided to update ...
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Warn users that the server is under maintenance

From time to time, an OpenERP production server needs some maintenance: upgrading a few modules, probably having a server restart. My issue is, I would like to have a way to stop regular users to ...
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Daemon to manage maintenance scripts

I have a bunch of "night shift scripts" to maintain a server. The problem is, the "action window", when those scripts may run is always different. Sometimes there's nothing going on for minutes and ...
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Resize Debian in VirtualBox [closed]

I have a VM with one HD of size 3GB and I'd like to enlarge its HD to 7GB. So I execute this command on the host (while guest is shutdown): VBoxManage modifyhd debian.vdi --resize 7168 Then I run ...
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Failed Simple Maintenance Plan only when Full Backups do not run

Let me start off that I'm new to SQL administration and have inherited an older server that serves the main DB for our day in/out operations. So, my apologies in advanced to my beginner questions. ...
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How to set only specific nginx server block into maintenance mode programmatically

I am looking for a solution to automate one of our application's deployment process. In the beginning of deployment, I would like to programmatically set the specified server into maintenance mode and ...
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set all apache sites offline with temporary static cached original pages

I would like to set all virtualhosts on my server down for maintenance for some time. The temporary page should contain something like sorry, the page www.xxx.com is down for maintenance. you ...
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Visual way/program to show is hosts/servers are up [closed]

My company manages a number of sites and if their servers or firewalls go down we need to know, what we'd really like is something that pings the host every few minutes and shows on screen if they are ...
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Is there a practical server host naming convention? [closed]

To maintain many servers, how do you give a name to your servers? By only server's hostname, I would like to classify the server's kind of service, whether virtual machine or not, stages(alpha, beta, ...
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Find files/folders that are filling up disk space [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I determine what is taking up so much space? I just had an old server go belly up because it ran out of drive space. I am logged in to the shell, and I'm trying ...
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What are these tmp directories for? And IF can they be eliminated, HOW?

I should have included the fact that none of these files are visible from Windows Explorer, and only show when looking for *.tmp at the command line. AND they don't seem to be possible to delete. I ...
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Solaris 11: image packaging repository svc:/application/pkg/server remains in state “maintenance” (mounted as iso)

On my Solaris 11 machine, svc:/application/pkg/server is always in the state maintenance: $ svcs -l svc:/application/pkg/server fmri svc:/application/pkg/server:default name image ...
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Redirect all traffic regardless of port or protocol to temporary page

I have a server with multiple domains. Both http (apache) traffic and http-alt (tomcat) traffic. If/when I take the server down, I'd like to be able to redirect people to a temporary 'undergoing ...
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How can I have Apache display a static maintenance page for all but certain users?

I need to be able to put our site into maintenance mode, excepting certain users to allow for QA/Dev to be able to test changes to the site/database during the maintenance mode. The problem is that ...
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Filesystem check on ext3, debian

How can I perform a filesystem check on ext3 partition on linux? I am looking for a solution that check every file on the filesystem that is it accessible. UPDATE: I would run it on a server without ...
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Maintenance plan on databases fail because of file level locking on db's

We are running a shared SQL server with a maintenance plan that is scheduled to run every night. The maintenance plan does reindexing on all db's but the maintenance plan now throws an error because ...
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Automating enabling and disabling specific services for brief maintenance windows

For short periods of time (generally measured in seconds or minutes), I need to enable ftp (vsftpd) access on a webserver hosting WordPress so that plugins, themes, etc can be updated via the WP ...
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Hot Swap Ultra320 SCSI LTO-Tape Drive

Can an Ultra320 SCSI LTO tape drive (or any SCSI device) be hot swapped without needing to power down the system? The current LTO tape drive is the only device on the SCSI host. If the above can ...
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Update Statistics Strategy after Index Maintenance Activity

Since Index Rebuilds will update statistics data for the concerned indexes with full scan, so it is not advisable to update statistics on those indexes using the Update Statistics with default sample ...
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What maintenance is required for a Postfix setup?

I've taken a look at the setup and configuration process for a Postfix server, planning to use it for just sending emails out from my server. So far, I have these steps: Setup Postfix Configure ...
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What are the basics of laser printers and their maintinance? [closed]

Printers are mysterious Pandora's boxes from Hell, of which I know little about. I turn to you demon-tamers for your knowledge. What are the key parts of a laser printer? What are the typical print ...
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How often would you run the Postgresql maintenance tasks

After reading the Postgresql documentation, we found that it's recommendable to run the Vacuum tasks daily: We recommend that active production databases be vacuumed frequently (at least nightly), ...
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Easiest way to show Maintenance page during EC2 instance down time

I need to perform some maintenance, which involves down-times of my EC2 production server. I would like to serve some user friendly Maintenance page meanwhile. The easiest solution, I was able to ...
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Windows Server 2008 - Simple Method for Web Request to a Maintenance Page URL?

I'd like to setup an ASP.NET page that performs some maintenance for a web application. What is a simple method for making a web request to the URL for this maintenance page? I typically use ...
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Is a 'high' IO rate healthy?

I do a lot of work with my Linode that currently hosts a site, but every now and then (usually once every two months or so) - I'll get a warning about my IO rate being too high (Usually just higher ...
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What is the best practice for log rotation and backups [closed]

We know logs are important. What is the best practice to maintain them? Logs can get big - so we go for log rotation. And sure we don't want to lose the logs - so we go for their backups. What is ...