As established by the SMs on August 30, 2017.
Staffers who wish to take any production service offline for longer than the length of a reboot, or who wish to reboot a hypervisor hosting production services must gain permission from the Site Managers or Deputy Site Managers whenever possible.
Whenever a staffer restarts a production service, whether permission is required or not, or restarts a machine that other users have running processes on, they must give notice to other staffers of their actions as soon as possible and ideally receive acknowledgement. The staffer should preferably do this on Slack/Discord/Matrix/IRC.
Staffers scheduling downtime for public-facing services should make a blog post at status.ocf.berkeley.edu to give users sufficient advance notice. Planned restarts of hypervisors should also be announced on this blog, since restarting hypervisors can often take several minutes or more.
End of policy
Rebooting hypervisors is a slightly risky business. Hypervisors aren't guaranteed to always reboot without problems. Therefore, you shouldn't reboot them unless you can physically access the lab in case problems arise. Additionally, this risk is the reason (D)SM permission is normally required to reboot hypervisors.
So you've gotten the necessary permission and made a post on the status blog/updated the MOTD (if it's a scheduled restart). What now?
If you are planning to shut down login servers (i.e. tsunami, vampires and
corruption), run the
shutdown command on these machines as soon as possible in
order to schedule the shutdown and warn users in advance. You can do this with
a command like
sudo shutdown -h 22:00 "Rebooting for kernel upgrades"
for a shutdown scheduled for 10:00pm.
For other VMs, you can shut them each down via
sudo virsh shutdown.
Be careful to always shut down firestorm last. This is because once
firestorm is shut down, LDAP/Kerberos logins go offline, and the hypervisors can
thereafter only be logged into via the root account. Since you'll not be able to
run new commands using sudo, you should always
sudo -i before shutting down
Once all of the VMs have been shut down, you can then power off the hypervisors
shutdown -h now.