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Server retired after 18 years and ten months - beat that, readers!

Server retired after 18 years and ten months - beat that, readers!

Home-brew 200Mhz Pentium FreeBSD box ran custom edict that trumped-up replacement painful

Simon Sharwood
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The Register has learned, thanks to a publish to a semi-private mailing list, of a server that has dispassionate been decommissioned after running without replacement parts owing to 1997.

The post, mythical by a chap named Ross, says he "Just switched off our longest running server."

Ross says the box was "Built and brought into supply in early 1997" and has "been running 24/7 for 18 oldness and 10 months."

"In its day, it was a fair device - 200MHz Pentium, 32MB RAM, 4GB SCSI-2 drive," Ross writes. "And up until recently, it was doing its connection fine." Of late, but the "hard handle finally started throwing errors, it was interval to retire it before it gave up the ghost!" The drive's a Seagate, for those of looking to avoid drives that can't deliver extra than 19 elderliness of error-free operations.

The FreeBSD 2.2.1 box "collected user session (connection) data summaries, held copies of invoices, generated warning messages about data and bell usage (rates and actual data against limits), let them conclude realtime balance enquiries etc."

The server lived so far-reaching thanks to it was fit for purpose.

"It was heavily firewalled and onliest perfect specific services were visible to anyone, and most sole visible to our directly connected customers," Ross told Vulture South. "By the age it was probably due for a review, things had moved so far that all the commencing code was so tightly bound to the operating action itself, that adjacent versions of the OSAn operating system is a collection of software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs would acquire (and ultimately, did) have need influential rework. While it was running and not showing any signs of stress, it was simply expedient to liberty sleeping dogs lie."

Ross reckons the server lived so great due to "a combination of choice character hardware to open with, conservatively used (not flogging itself to death), a elegant universe (temperature enclosing 18C and actual stable), nicely conditioned power, no vibration, hardly ever had anyone in the server room."

A fan committed to worry the disk operate biting helped things along, as did general checks of its filters.

And pdq for the $64,000 question: who false the server that survived nearly 19 years?

The box was a custom job. So grip that, vendor-land. Ross can't brood over who fabricated the motherboard and understandably needs to crack on with things rather than cracking ajar the server.

Over to you now, readers. Has one of your servers beaten Ross' long-lived machine? If so, let us be schooled in the comments or if there's an particularly splendid comedy remain it, write to me and we might due effect another conte on this topic.

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