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Is it a Best Industry practice to restart web servers periodically?
Get some log file monitoring going and download some JVM monitoring tools. If stuff is crashing during the day you should see exceptions or something being logged--even if they're default exceptions. That'll give you some insight into the general nature of the error. Also, watch the JVM memory useage. Odds are really good they have a memory leak and you'll catch it if you watch the server JVM heap. Fight bad development with good sysadmin data. It destroys the "You just don't know what you're doing" defense and makes them actually have to answer for why things messed up.
Rotating Iptables logs with logrotate
Thanks! That did exactly what I needed it to. Appreciate the helpful explanation!