"Gracefully" Rebooting an Exchange 2010 Server RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi All,

    I was thinking about setting my two Exchange 2010 servers (one with database role and one with CAS and hub roles) to automatically reboot the Mondays after Patch Tuesdays.  I already have a number of servers doing this, but I figure I should make a post here and ask what you all think instead of just scheduling a reboot on them. 
    The script on the other servers is as follows: shutdown.exe -r -t 10 -f -c "reboot scheduled for patch remediation and general system stability." -d p:1:1
    All of the servers generally seem to behave okay with it, but I know how tempermental Exchange can be, so I figured I'd get some opinions. 

    So would that script be good enough, or should I do a specific script for each Exchange server to stop the services then force a shutdown? 

    Thanks in advance! 

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:05 PM


All replies

  • As long as you do use a shutdown application, like shutdown.exe then Exchange would be shutdown correctly. No problem there.
    If you want to shutdown Exchange first, which will speed up the reboot time, then I have a script here:



    Simon Butler, Exchange MVP
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    • Marked as answer by Mike Crowley Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:31 PM
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:06 PM
  • I will go with stop exchange services first and then reboot server, it save us sometime  to server hung some time. I see this issue several time :)


    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6:26 AM
  • Hi,

    stop all the services before restart system can save some time.

    I also find a bat script for stopping the services manually. you can write in your script

    net stop MSExchangeADTopology /y
    net stop MSExchangeFBA
    net stop wsbexchange
    net stop MSExchangeMonitoring
    net stop MSExchangeIS
    net stop MSExchangeSA 

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    Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:09 AM
  • All of the above is good advice on HOW do do this, however nobody has mentioned that you probably SHOULDN'T do this!  You should be around to verify services come back online after patches are installed.  An automatic reboot means you might not see a problem until it is too late.

    Mike Crowley
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    Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:31 PM
  • Thanks for the replies, guys.  From what I've experienced, doing a "normal" restart of Exchange servers seems to work okay, but my fear was using the "-f" switch in the shutdown/reboot script (afraid it might cause some issues). 

    I understand where you're coming from Mike, but there is no "regular" time that I can actually reboot my Exchange servers (my users are nuts and many people work very late).  Working with the old "Which is the lesser of two evils?" mentality, do I just reboot the servers on people once a month around 9:00p some night or do I script it to run and see what happens? 

    Meh...decisions, decisions.  I may write-up a script and test it over the weekend. 

    Thursday, April 28, 2011 1:35 PM