I believe this is a slightly controversial topic, at least from what I have gathered so far. Some say its best to leave the server on to spare the life time of the spinning rust. Other seem to prefer to save power and boot the server off each night. So wanted to chip in and hear what folks here do and why do what you do.

Bonus question; Do you guys have a UPS? Is it a must have for a homelab, or does it just depend on the usecase?

    • BritishJ@lemmy.world
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      4 days ago

      Is it shutting down servers… Yes. it just does it based on parameters and thresholds.

      Then you get things like VDI servers and jump boxes that only need to be on between certain hours, so get shutdown outside them hours.

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        Most of us don’t have clusters so shutting down the server means taking the server and all associated services completely offline.

        Do you take your product completely offline for 8 hours every single day?

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          But it is. They’re stopped and deallocated. They start up when demanded. And shutdown when below a threshold or a certain schedule.

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            I’m starting to understand why British admins are paid so much less than their American counterparts.

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              3 days ago

              You do understand, when you have VM’s set to auto scale, they shutdown when not in use, if you’re using horizontal scaling.

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        Right you don’t shut them down, you scale them down. My server also uses less power off peak demand.

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          No we shut them down. They get deallocated the same way as shutting down a virtual server does. They’re not containers, the scaling part just turns them on and off based on workload or schedule