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Thread: Upgrading a server version, will there be a down time for my site?

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    Mar 2019

    Upgrading a server version, will there be a down time for my site?

    I am new to Linux. So, pardon me if its too basic question.

    Say, if I have to upgrade the Ubuntu version from 'x' to 'x+1', then will there be a downtime for my site?

    My site runs on LAMP stack.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Ubuntu Mate 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Upgrading a server version, will there be a down time for my site?

    Every time there is a kernel update, a reboot should be performed, unless you are paying to have hot-patched kernel patching.
    If you need HA, then a single server is not sufficient. You should engage a professional to help architect the best HA solution for your specific needs.

    Or live with the 30 sec - 2 min downtime that is a reboot and pray that nothing in the upgrade failed.

    Also, x --> x+1 is vague. What, exactly, do you mean by that?

    I patch weekly, on Saturday mornings, early. I had to reboot about 15 systems this morning because there were kernel updates. Because the systems are interdependent and the VM host system also got a new kernel, the downtime was a little longer. I have 4 hrs a week approved for downtime/system maintenance. Generally, I need less than 10 seconds. About once a month, I need 5 minutes. For OS upgrades ... like 16.04.5 --> 16.04.6, I needed 5 minutes. For 14.04.5 --> 16.04.6 migrations, I needed longer, but took steps to minimize impacts so it was just a few minutes. That's one of the reasons I have multiple virtual machine hosts and have gateway systems which are really simple, but hide when the main servers are down for a few hours, easily.

    I always test major OS upgrades before touching any production systems. If the test goes well, fine. If the test doesn't go well, then I keep testing until I get it correct or come up with an alternate plan.

    Of course, every server is a little different. There are no guarantees. Just be certain that you have 100% know-you-can-restore backups before doing any OS modification. That includes weekly patching. Test the restore so you know how long that will require too.


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