I have been looking for about an hour (my google-fu is obviously not as strong as others) for some form of documentation that would provide a suggested period of time before a reload is suggested just for routine maintenance and upkeep of the equipment. So my question is three fold: Does such a document exist? If it doesn't, does Cisco actually recommend reloading switches as part of a routine maintenance schedule? If they do, what is that timeframe? Any information is truly appreciated!!!
I could say that we dont have anywere recorded on data sheet that you have to reboot the device after such period of time.
But I dont want to upset and let you go with the above answer. Here is what I can say with my experience:
I have seen many customer scheduling the MW to perform the reload of there boxes once a year.... just to make sure that everything is fine(I.e all hardware comes up properly when they do the reload activity.)
It doesn't matter how "old" or "new" your IOS in your appliances are, I always find an "excuse" to reboot everything network gear I have every year.
My core equipment gets an IOS (bootstrap too) upgrade.
My access switch gets an IOS upgrade everytime I see an IOS version I like to run.
I can't say for everyone, but some people I use to work with, the word "regular" and the phrase "IOS upgrade" should never be mentioned. The reason why some people are very afraid of doing software maintenance is because:
1. They are afraid that a simple IOS upgrade may cause a component or appliance to fail;
2. The trouble caused when downstream clients designed poorly; and
3. Not a lot of people know how to do an IOS upgrade.
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I've worked with multiple Cisco devices that have run (in production) up to 8 years without a reload (not that I'm recommending it).
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