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Re: Weakest point of a server?

On Fri, 2003-02-07 at 00:36, Teun Vink wrote:
> On Thu, 2003-02-06 at 14:13, Jason Lim wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > I was wondering what kind of failures you experience with long-running
> > hardware.
> > 
> > Most of us run servers with very long uptimes (we've got a server here
> > with uptime approaching 3 years, which is not long compared to some, but
> > we think it is pretty good!).
> [...]
> This is only from my own experiences at the ISP I work for. Old machines
> (~5 year) which we used for testing purposes usually had problems with
> the harddisk and/or the fans. Motherboards, NIC's and CPU's usually
> worked fine in test setups...

Without a doubt, Fans are the weakest link.

We have also had a batch of motherboards where the secondary IDE
interface failed after about 1 year... but that's pretty unusual.

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