Enable Hibernation on an Exchange server?

Posted on 2006-04-04
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
I know some people hate hibernation, but I always that, for a PC at least, the concept of it is fantastic.  Quite a few of my clients have servers hooked up to newer APC UPS's with just the USB cable.  I hate the APC software and so I choose to just have it install the "HID USB Battery".  Once that is installed,  in power management I can go in and choose settings based on whether or not the computer is plugged in or running on batteries, etc.

Anyways, the point is, some of my clients are running programs like Exchange and I was wondering if anyone knows how Exchange would recover following being shut down into hibernation mode?  Theoretically it would work fine, but you never know with databases like that.  Anyone ever been in that situation?
Question by:esmith69
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    NO NO NO.

    Hibernation on a server? One dead Exchange database. Exchange is not designed to be hibernated.

    If you are using an Exchange server with a UPS then configure the UPS to trigger a full shutdown of the server, probably using a script to stop the services first.

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    Wouldn't doing a full shutdown also shut down the exchange services properly as well?
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    Yes it will do.
    However if you are under UPS conditions there is no guarantee that the services will stop gracefully. That can increase the shutdown time of the server.
    Therefore for a UPS shutdown I have a script that I use to stop the services, then shutdown the server. Keeps the database clean.


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