updating VPS host frequency

Discussion in 'Operating a Hosting Business' started by cnnxcnnx, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. cnnxcnnx

    cnnxcnnx New Member

    Mar 16, 2016
    If you run a VPS hosting service, how often should you update the packages on the server? for example if centos is used, should I run yum update every week?
  2. DomainBop

    DomainBop Dormant VPSB Pathogen

    Oct 11, 2013
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  3. ikoula

    ikoula New Member Verified Provider

    Oct 28, 2015

    I'd say you should check everyday.
  4. CenTex Hosting

    CenTex Hosting Member Verified Provider

    Dec 22, 2015
    Depending on what all software you are running on that server I would say daily. I would pick a time of day based on past server logs when you have the least amount of server activity and have updates done at that time.
  5. YourLastHost

    YourLastHost New Member Verified Provider

    Mar 17, 2016
    It depends. In particular, it depends on your customers.

    The absolute best thing you can do is to set a company-wide update day, so your customers are not left in the dark in the event that you did a software update.

    For us, we update on the 15th of every month (unless something urgent comes out), and we put an announcement up about it. It is a balancing act to keep a regular flow of updates, ensure that you're not breaking clients' stuff, and making sure that you are keeping clients in the loop without bothering them. 
  6. ZenithHosting

    ZenithHosting New Member

    Apr 1, 2016
    I do it daily
  7. Jive

    Jive New Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    Used to update our machines Wednesday mornings. Us Australians are future sailors so had to leave it until the day after patch Tuesday to have any real benefit for the few Windows boxes I was looking after at the time.

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  8. PowerUpHosting-Udit

    PowerUpHosting-Udit New Member Verified Provider

    Nov 6, 2015
    It purely comes down to your customers and requirements. But it's recommended to run your patches very often, especially the security updates because if you won't update security patches then you are basically risking every single customer on that node.