I am renting a dedicated bare metal server running the latest version of CentOS. It's new and I haven't fully configured it.
I updated the existing packages and rebooted the machine remotely using
# /sbin/reboot. Now a half an hour later I still can't pull up a login screen with PuTTY. It just waits a few seconds and displays a timeout error.
Does it really take that long to reboot the server? Should I expect to wait longer? Could I have broken something with the updates and now have to contact the hosting company to fix it?
UPDATE: This was solved. The kernel must have been updated and was causing a conflict at boot. I had the data center manager start with a stable kernel and I was able to get in. I am now removing the old kernels to prevent a conflict in the future. Not out of the woods yet.