Automated reboots due to shutdown - A theoretical issue

  • Posted September 27, 2014


First of all Digital Ocean is perfect for my few clients… and I have finally migrated everything from Linode.

I have all my applications monitored and automated (e.g. if a process dies or goes out of control it’s restarted / all services and bespoke apps are restarted on reboot). Basically I want my systems to monitor and “fix” themselves.

One potential issue I don’t see a work around for is… what if the server shutdown for X reason (not done on purpose - maybe a kernel panic)? Do you have automated reboots like Linode with Lassie? Or an alternative suggestion?



Maybe a second droplet for checking its state - if it is down for a longer time, send a power-on request using API?

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I am beginning to think that I may need another droplet… One that checks on all my server periodically and then “makes decisions” if to power-on and notify of potential issues… or I start load balancing across my servers and feel confident that 2 wont go down in multiple locations… I guess if they do we all have bigger problems :-)