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Alpha Server taking up resources over time

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  • Alpha Server taking up resources over time

    I have an Alpha server that is continually hogging resources.

    When I first turn it on, it works fine. But after heavy use, it starts using up more and more cpu cycles until (within about 48 hours) it is constantly using over 90% cpu at which point the system is system is unusable and I have to restart it.


    This system has been running for years - it was not until I updated to the November 27 version (the second to last update now) that this started happening.

    Is anyone else experiencing a similar problem? Any ideas what I should look for to fix?

    I have other servers using that version and they don't seem to be experiencing the same problem.

  • #2
    Re: Alpha Server taking up resources over time

    You'll never find out why... but it wouldn't surprise me to find Alpha is killing resources. That new property grid is far worse than the old one and most likely has more holes in it than the old one ever had.

    With the number of Alpha updates pushed out fast, without testing, and the number of Windows updates pushed out... something's bound to crash.

    Have you reverted to your original version, whatever that was, for testing? You have other servers using what version without issues?


    • #3
      Re: Alpha Server taking up resources over time


      Rampant speculation about what is wrong isn't helping me out here. Was hoping for some actual advice about what could be causing the resource grab.

      I manage 5 Alpha servers and I keep them all at the same version. So I have moved them all to the second to last version at this point and it would not be easy to go back.

      I know there is a new version out a couple days ago, but I like to give the versions a little time to marinate before going for it, unless there is a specific thing the version fixes that I need.


      • #4
        Re: Alpha Server taking up resources over time

        Larry: Have you checked out the logs? If not turn them on, delete their contents to start fresh, then restart the server. If you can check it's resource usage every hour. Maybe you'll see a spike. Then you can goto the logs to see what might be happening.
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        • #5
          Re: Alpha Server taking up resources over time

          Larry, it's years of observation more than anything else. Your comment about giving a new version a little time to marinate is some proof of that. Why does a new version need time to marinate? You'll never find the cause of the resource grab. After an Alpha and Windows update just before Christmas I found my disk activity growing to 100% after several minutes and then completely shutting down my system. I'll never find the cause... but I wouldn't be surprised to find the new property grid has something to do with it... it's far worse than the old one for random errors.


          • #6
            Re: Alpha Server taking up resources over time

            Yep, I did that.

            See my other post on the subject. Also poked Alpha about this to see if they have an answer. Looks like I'm being attacked.


            • #7
              Re: Alpha Server taking up resources over time

              I let all patches for all software marinate before installing.

              Not making excuses for Alpha, but it's a big product with a lot of new stuff going in all the time. Stuff breaks and it's impossible to test it all.

              I am just as guilty - I've pushed plenty of things to my client's systems over the years that I thought I had thoroughly vetted, only to find that the customer does something I didn't anticipate.

              The nice thing is, if I can find the culprit, Alpha is very responsive and fixes issues quickly most of the time. Can't ask for more than that.


              • #8
                Re: Alpha Server taking up resources over time

                Originally posted by lgrupido View Post
                Can't ask for more than that.
                Unfortunately, it's a common thought. I don't think it's too much to ask for a bit of testing.
                Last edited by Davidk; 01-14-2019, 12:31 PM.