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"SCO Announces Winners of Longest Running Server Competition at Annual Customer Conference "Eckerd and Zenez Recognized by SCO for Longest Running UNIX Servers Eckerd runs uninterrupted for a decade on OpenServer, Zenez runs on UNIX for 20 years" When SCO announced this contest a few months ago, I thought they were looking for the longest *continuously* running SCO server. With all the occasional routine maintenance that one has to do on a typical system, I knew I didn't have a chance. I expected the winner to have a system with a continuous uptime of 2 or 3 years possibly. (No ...

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    Default SCO Announces Winners of Longest Running Server Competition

    "SCO Announces Winners of Longest Running Server Competition at Annual
    Customer Conference

    "Eckerd and Zenez Recognized by SCO for Longest Running UNIX Servers Eckerd
    runs uninterrupted for a decade on OpenServer, Zenez runs on UNIX for 20
    years"





    When SCO announced this contest a few months ago, I thought they were
    looking for the longest *continuously* running SCO server. With all the
    occasional routine maintenance that one has to do on a typical system,
    I knew I didn't have a chance. I expected the winner to have a system
    with a continuous uptime of 2 or 3 years possibly. (No more due to
    the mandatory Y2K upgrades.)

    But from the content of this article, it seems that they chose 2 worthy
    companies who have simply *used* SCO systems on a continual basis,
    with breaks for maintenance and upgrades, for 11 and 20 years,
    respectively.

    Since my company started with Xenix 2.3.4GT back in 1991, I feel a little
    bit
    left out. Not that I feel that I should have won, because I know that
    there are many people on the ng with years longer experience
    using SCO in a single company.

    So did the right companies win this contest in your opinion?

    Bob


    Bob Bailin Guest

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    Bob Bailin <72027.3605compuserve.com> wrote:
    >"SCO Announces Winners of Longest Running Server Competition at Annual
    >Customer Conference
    >"Eckerd and Zenez Recognized by SCO for Longest Running UNIX Servers Eckerd
    >runs uninterrupted for a decade on OpenServer, Zenez runs on UNIX for 20
    >years"
    >When SCO announced this contest a few months ago, I thought they were
    >looking for the longest *continuously* running SCO server. With all the
    >occasional routine maintenance that one has to do on a typical system,
    >I knew I didn't have a chance. I expected the winner to have a system
    >with a continuous uptime of 2 or 3 years possibly. (No more due to
    >the mandatory Y2K upgrades.)
    >But from the content of this article, it seems that they chose 2 worthy
    >companies who have simply *used* SCO systems on a continual basis,
    >with breaks for maintenance and upgrades, for 11 and 20 years,
    >respectively.
    >Since my company started with Xenix 2.3.4GT back in 1991, I feel a little
    >bit
    >left out. Not that I feel that I should have won, because I know that
    >there are many people on the ng with years longer experience
    >using SCO in a single company.
    >So did the right companies win this contest in your opinion?

    I read it the same way you did.

    Poorly phrased, but too late now.

    --
    [email]tonyaplawrence.com[/email] Unix/Linux/Mac OS X resources: [url]http://aplawrence.com[/url]
    Get paid for writing about tech: [url]http://aplawrence.com/publish.html[/url]
    tony@aplawrence.com Guest

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    Bob Bailin wrote:
    >
    > "SCO Announces Winners of Longest Running Server Competition at Annual
    > Customer Conference
    >
    > "Eckerd and Zenez Recognized by SCO for Longest Running UNIX Servers Eckerd
    > runs uninterrupted for a decade on OpenServer, Zenez runs on UNIX for 20
    > years"
    >
    > When SCO announced this contest a few months ago, I thought they were
    > looking for the longest *continuously* running SCO server. With all the
    > occasional routine maintenance that one has to do on a typical system,
    > I knew I didn't have a chance. I expected the winner to have a system
    > with a continuous uptime of 2 or 3 years possibly. (No more due to
    > the mandatory Y2K upgrades.)
    >
    > But from the content of this article, it seems that they chose 2 worthy
    > companies who have simply *used* SCO systems on a continual basis,
    > with breaks for maintenance and upgrades, for 11 and 20 years,
    > respectively.
    >
    > Since my company started with Xenix 2.3.4GT back in 1991, I feel a little
    > bit
    > left out. Not that I feel that I should have won, because I know that
    > there are many people on the ng with years longer experience
    > using SCO in a single company.
    >
    > So did the right companies win this contest in your opinion?
    >
    > Bob

    I read and misunderstood the contest also. I guess that makes Boyd a winner
    for getting the rules right.

    Anyone care to post the longest uninterrupted up time. At one customers site
    a 5.0.4 SMP system was up for just over 400 days, at almost 100% utilization.
    It would erase a Progress database, get a data dump from the primary machine,
    reload the database, back it up to tape, and run some large reports. Towards
    the end it was taking 21.5 to 23 hours everyday at full load to finish. I ran
    a "netstat -m" on the machine and it took a minute to realize that the numbers
    were so large that the whole screen was garbled, I though the command had gone
    bad.

    Under normal load I have some customers servers that have run around 700 days,
    but the came down for service.

    Anyone else?

    Mike
    --
    Michael Brown

    The Kingsway Group
    Mike Brown Guest

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    > I read and misunderstood the contest also. I guess that makes Boyd a
    winner
    > for getting the rules right.
    >
    > Anyone care to post the longest uninterrupted up time. At one customers
    site
    > a 5.0.4 SMP system was up for just over 400 days, at almost 100%
    utilization.
    > It would erase a Progress database, get a data dump from the primary
    machine,
    > reload the database, back it up to tape, and run some large reports.
    Towards
    > the end it was taking 21.5 to 23 hours everyday at full load to finish.
    I ran
    > a "netstat -m" on the machine and it took a minute to realize that the
    numbers
    > were so large that the whole screen was garbled, I though the command had
    gone
    > bad.
    >
    > Under normal load I have some customers servers that have run around 700
    days,
    > but the came down for service.
    We had a server that was using a custom written app with roughly 120 users
    up for just shy of 500 before bringing it down for maintenance.

    Now, I think the best client box we've got out there is 430 days, but
    that's on a Linux box.. *hide* :)

    I do have a number of servers which have lost count of their uptime days
    (which from memory was a wrap at 248 or something days).

    3:50pm up 1 user, load average: 0.03, 0.01, 0.00
    4:03pm up 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

    Longest current uptime on a SCO box:

    2:51pm up 493 days, 15:45, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.02, 0.00

    much fun. These 3 are from 'backup' (DR) machines, thus no users. They do
    serve as RDBMS servers for other purposes though, as well as data
    mirroring.

    some high ranking Linux boxes:

    3:04pm up 423 days, 13:34, 4 users, load average: 0.37, 0.34, 0.29
    4:17pm up 467 days, 3:28, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
    2:48pm up 493 days, 6:22, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.00

    They just keep going.. ;) 'net gateway's and mail/web servers.

    fun..

    bkx


    Stuart J. Browne Guest

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    Mike Brown wrote:
    > Anyone care to post the longest uninterrupted up time.
    ?jul(2003,8,24)-jul(2000,12,10)

    987

    Client's Red Hat Linux 6.2 box last booted dec 10th, 2000 for 987 days :-)

    Darryl Krasman Guest

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    Our best was on a V3.2.4.2 ... at a Casino ... somewhere a little over
    4 years and 3 months between reboots. We took it down to upgrade the
    drives (hard and tape). The drive spun down and locked solid :o( ...
    we already had our new drive staged and had backed up the data and
    transitory directories beforehand.

    I heard a story from a good friend to worked for a huge corp in
    Australia. They'd run SCO servers for years on the networks .... two
    bright recent graduates convinced them to dump the dino and replace
    the UNIX with NT. Half way through the multi-million dollar project,
    they noticed their reboot schedule wasn't being followed and they
    were having good times with NT eating itself. When they explained to
    the management that their mission critical servers had to be down or
    slowed for rebooting/defragging on a regular basis ...

    They got fired. The next team set about reinstalling the new servers
    with UNIX.

    Moral? Draw your own conclusions. I doubt that Windows and other viri
    will ever replace real operating systems like UNIX/Linux.

    Jim Hickinbotham
    DCRS Solutions
    Jim Guest

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    In article <tpgi.com.au>,
    Stuart J. Browne <com.au> wrote: [/ref]
     [/ref]
     [/ref]
     
     
     

    I thought that was fixed with the 5.0.5 release. I had the same
    problem - but ISTR that I had seen the uptime past the 248 day
    [that was the lbolt problem as I recall] but when I looked at it
    at about 15 months I had not uptimes listed. It finally went down
    a month or so later when the power company was out longer than the
    UPS could handle it in an overnight situtation.
     
     
     

    I finally reinstalled the OS in a mail server and a web server
    after about 700 days of uptime - as I needed to finally upgrade the
    OS. FreeBSD on those.


    --
    Bill Vermillion - bv wjv . com
    Bill Guest

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    <snip>
     
    >
    > I thought that was fixed with the 5.0.5 release. I had the same
    > problem - but ISTR that I had seen the uptime past the 248 day
    > [that was the lbolt problem as I recall] but when I looked at it
    > at about 15 months I had not uptimes listed. It finally went down
    > a month or so later when the power company was out longer than the
    > UPS could handle it in an overnight situtation.[/ref]

    I thought that was fixed also, but *shrug* two boxes showing it. They are
    the only two OSR505+RS505A boxes that show it however. Haven't had the
    time/opportunity to figure out what's different about 'em.

    Known my luck, the utmp/xutmp are just broken causing those details not to
    be there any longer.
     


    >
    > I finally reinstalled the OS in a mail server and a web server
    > after about 700 days of uptime - as I needed to finally upgrade the
    > OS. FreeBSD on those.[/ref]

    nice.. ;) I have to live with managers who think "A quick reboot will fix
    it!" is a good diagnostic approach.

    bkx


    Stuart Guest

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