Difference between Recycling and Instance Idle Timeout

Discussion created by smenefee on Aug 23, 2013
Latest reply on Aug 24, 2013 by divyamg
I was hoping someone could explain to me the difference between a service recycling itself (usually every 24 hours) and the idle timeout that stops idle instances every so often (every 30 minutes I think).

Also, is either one of those akin to manually restarting a service in ArcCatalog?  For example, if the minimum instances I have for a particular service is 1, and there are 2 instances running (let's assume one of those isn't be used), does recycling and/or idle timeout bring the number of service instances back to its minimum of 1?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!