Linux Uptime

Moving a Server with 945 Days of Uptime 2

Linux UptimeI stumbled across this video today of a server move from a few years ago in 2009. I never even knew it existed until today! It was uploaded by one of my buddies, Chuck Goolsbee, who used to work at our colo center (but now works at Facebook).

Because of some expansion in the colo facility where we store our servers, my biz partner Steve Cook and I needed to relocate all our servers to a new rack. However, one of our RedHat Enterprise Linux servers had over 2.5 years of uptime (no shutdowns or reboots), and in some circles, that grants us a healthy amount of “geek cred” — particularly considering that this server was attached directly to the Internet and was under constant (and unsuccessful) attack by hackers around the world. So, we hatched a plan… that involved extension cords.

Now, eventually, we were forced to reboot this server to replace some failed hardware, but not until months later, with over 1,110 days of uptime!

If you’re reading this, scratching your head, and wondering why four digits of uptime is awesome, then I’m sorry — there’s simply no way I’ll ever be able to explain it to you. 🙂


  • Mike Craft

    Ironical, that’s my real job, I have been in IT for 15 years, working in a data center now that hosts healthcare solutions for abut 20% of the hospitals in the US. Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of the coolness of long up times because we have to continue to upgrade OSes, DBs, etc. to maintain support with the suppliers :(. When we run systems that make hospitals stop when the systems go down, maintaining support and compatibility is a requirement :). I love the ethernet move though, to bad the hardware took a dump not long after :/.

  • That is impressive! I am happy when my Windows 2008 server goes 30 days without having to be rebooted!

    I wanted to know if your method of using extension cords to keep it running would also work if I had the high score on a Frogger arcade machine and my friend George had to move it from one location to another? 🙂