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It appears that the expensive car (Windows 2003) crashes more often. It looks like the last crash was to do with an ISAPI module and IIS. Windows itself remained up. It bought down the whole of IIS too, not just the web services, and not just the ability to run one type of dynamic page (I don't know which isapi module as of yet, but my guess is or the gzip compression module as they are the only ones loaded). On the other hand, the tiny debian server with has only been down because of a reboot for a kernel vulnerability. The ability to auto-restart after a short delay is built into the OS, but what about IIS - why can't you set an IIS service to auto restart, then if it fails x times wait 20 secs and try again?? Permalink