This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
You don't need a server GUI or a graceful shutdown, but many people on this forum (including me) have implemented them. I think it's a good idea to give clients a chance to finish with their existing database locks before the server stops.