NethServer Version: 7.3.1611
My NethServer box serves as the gateway for my office network. It does DHCP, firewall, VPN, and content filtering. I have two internal lans (green and blue) and one external. The box serves an average of about 120 users a day, and it does so very well.
This machine runs 24/7 and handles network traffic 24/7, and as it runs, it gradually runs out of free memory. After about 3 weeks it’s at 98% and if I forget to reboot, it will crash. (I have 16Gb ram on this box and lots of empty hard drive space.)
This raises a basic question about best practices: how often should one reboot? I tend towards rarely or never, because it means briefly taking down Internet access.
I’m also interested to know what constitutes normal performance for such a gateway, and whether periodic reboots are typical. If not, I’m wondering how to track down what’s using up the memory. I’ve been reading the forum and see a number of things I might try, but wondered what someone dealing with a similar issue might recommend. Thanks in advance for thinking about this.