This past weekend Microsoft suffered an outage. This was in the beginning of the summer and was an issue as far as I’m concerned. Microsoft had a lot of work to do on their internal servers and the users who were affected had to pay a fee to have their system restored.
The outage was from 1/21 to 1/29, meaning the outage lasted 22 hours. It was the second outage for Microsoft in two weeks and the first for the company in six months. This outage came after a major outage in August, which affected over a billion users.
I’m not an engineer but I know that Microsoft has a lot of engineering behind it. If you’re running a server, you’re really good at keeping your systems online. A lot of companies do a number of things to make sure that their servers are online, like having certain processes run in the background, and that if things go wrong the company is still not down in the gutter. But Microsoft has a different way of doing things. First, they’re always on the internet.
As you probably noticed, every time I’ve seen this game, I’ve been thinking, hey, why don’t I just jump back here and see what happens. That will probably be the last word in the game before I finish the game.
But of course, not everyone has the same idea about what the internet is like and what it can do. For those who are concerned, Microsoft has a new blog post that explains that it takes just a few seconds for your PC to go down. The blog post also points out that the outage was not caused by “a hacker” as some have suggested. Instead, it was down to “a power surge” that caused it.
We’ve all seen the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 come to the rescue when it was time to power down a system. But this is the first time Microsoft has had a system go down, so I’m not sure how it will be handled. Microsoft does have a system that automatically shuts down if it goes down for an extended period of time. But it’s also possible that a power surge caused the outage, especially if there was a high traffic.
If it was as simple as a power surge, I couldnt imagine it was this big of a deal, and I wasnt even home. Its definitely been a big deal to me though, and as a lot of you probably know I run a blog on Microsoft updates. I will be keeping a close eye on the situation.
It is worth noting that Microsoft has been very proactive about keeping their sites up and running and not shutting them down like this just because of network issues. They have a blog post on how to fix the issue. It is worth noting that a number of bloggers have been reporting the problems to Microsoft, and we have had one of our own posts published there.
In the end though, if you are going to be running a website on Microsoft products, you should make sure you are properly patched and upgraded all the time.
We are not talking about just your website, but your entire site. Microsoft products are now patched and upgraded so that if a security issue or a vulnerability is discovered, they can fix it quickly and easily. To be sure, if something has gone wrong with your website, you should be checking to make sure everything is still running and running properly. But this is not the same as a full or partial downtime.